EcoTherapy

Ecotherapy, sometimes called nature therapy or green therapy, is founded on the idea that being outdoors, in natural environments, can have a positive influence on the body, mood, and behavior. Therapists that specialize in ecotherapy will view issues with the lens of a client's relationship with their environment – and may even hold some sessions outdoors or recommend locations, frequency, and durations of time to spend outdoors. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s ecotherapy experts today.

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Ecotherapy aims to connect individuals therapeutically with nature. Walk + Talk sessions are available in order to bring about the mind/body connection in your therapy process, as well as, getting you grounded back with nature.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO
 

Ecotherapy is an abbreviation for “ecological psychotherapy.” It is based upon the growing evidence that spending time in nature, or even looking out a window or handling natural objects, is therapeutic. A session could be considered ecotherapy simply by holding our appointment outdoors, yet it could also mean that we’re taking a hike at an off-site location.

— Katy Adams, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

Nature therapy, also called ecotherapy, is the practice of being in nature to boost growth and healing, especially mental health. Studies have shown that being in nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increase pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

— lauren malkasain, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

Ecotherapy aims to connect individuals therapeutically with nature. Walk + Talk sessions are available in order to bring about the mind/body connection in your therapy process, as well as, getting you grounded back with nature.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

I love to guide people in deepening their connection to the natural world, not just as a resource for peacefulness, healing, or a potent mirror, but as a source of true belonging. I have extensive training with the Animas Valley Institute, as well as the Earthbody Institute, and integrate ecotherapy into outdoor sessions, as well as video or office work with guided imagery and invitations to solo explorations in nature that promote deep psychological healing and wholeness.

— Kerry McKee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA
 

Nature heals the soul. My work in nature allows our environment to be a reflection of our experience and highlight the inner strength within you. I provide outdoor ecotherapy sessions which allow you to connect with your 5 senses and explore your situation through a new perspective. Nature has a lot to teach us about change and I often find that experiences in nature empower the confidence within us to emerge. Our work outside provides deep grounding and connection.

— Marissa Brun, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boulder, CO

Ecotherapy brings therapy outdoors! During Ecotherapy sessions, we may engage in mindfulness, sensory awareness, eco-art, engagement with “spontaneous nature events," contact with nature/living beings as an emotional resource, and gentle to moderate physical movement. If you have ever felt a sense of peace, joy, or connection when outdoors, Ecotherapy may resonate with you. I completed a Professional Ecotherapy Certification through TerraSoma Institute in 2019.

— Amy Lajiness, Therapist in La Jolla, CA
 

I am a certified Somatic Ecotherapist and have been teaching courses, workshops, and retreats with the Earth Body Institute for the past several years. Beginning in 2015 I started training and have since developed a strong passion for practicing and teaching ecotherapy. I love being outdoors and helping people find connection and resource in nature.

— Lili Nakita Kroutilina, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Walk and Talk therapy is the name I like to use however it was not one of the choices in the list. Essentially this services is the only in person therapy I provide and can only be done in the Monroe County area. You and I would meet for our sessions outside at a local park and walk the duration of the session. This type of therapy allows you to take an active (physical movement) approach to fighting the struggles that get in your way. When you bring in exercise, sun, grass healing can happen!

— Breena Dawson, Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NY
 

"Ecotherapy" supports you in experiencing a deep and nurturing connection to nature. I believe we can heal relationships with ourself and with others by learning from the environment. A session might include exploring therapeutic goals while walking or sitting in public parks and open spaces. We can also engage in activities and rituals indoors (such as meditation and mindfully observing nature) that support healthy ways of being and healing. Please contact me so we can discuss possibilities!

— Jenna Maxfield, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

Nature heals the soul. My work in nature allows our environment to be a reflection of our experience and highlight the inner strength within you. I provide outdoor ecotherapy sessions which allow you to connect with your 5 senses and explore your situation through a new perspective. Nature has a lot to teach us about change and I often find that experiences in nature empower the confidence within us to emerge. Our work outside provides deep grounding and connection.

— Marissa Brun, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boulder, CO
 

I believe in the healing power of nature. Restoring our connection to nature can aid in healing the pain and hurt we experience. What better please to experience the power of nature than in the serenity of Florida. Come join me as we unleash the potential of nature by the beach, the water, or a lush natural park.

— Sara Graff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dunedin, FL

I offer outdoor therapy sessions in Oakland's Redwood Regional Park on Fridays.

— Kip Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

We are not separate from nature. We are of it in every moment. The land we occupy, the lands we are descended from can provide an incredible well of resource and rootedness to us in our journey. When it doesn’t feel safe to be in relationship with humans, we can be in deep meaningful relationship with the earth. Through experimentation, imagination and guided imagery I support clients in connecting with the landscapes that fill their cup and root them down to support emotional regulation.

— Sam M. Ethridge, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA