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
 

I also believe some clients may attain self-betterment in naturally therapeutic environments, such as hiking in the hills or walking along the river. Therefore, sessions may occur at an agreed upon location in our beautiful surroundings, as opposed to in an office setting.

— Kristen Shearer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boise,

Nature heals! Imagine experiencing therapy at the beach, in the forest, or walking in town! The science is clear - Eco-therapy works and lasts. Eco-therapy is a wonderful way to experience therapy, the world and yourself.

— CBT Gym: Justin Miller, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Honolulu, HI
 

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 is therapy that either takes place in and/or incorporates elements and beings in the natural world. I incorporate these elements and beings through the wisdom of your body via curiosity and mindfulness, helping you feel their support, guidance, and nonjudgmental presence. If you're near Jackson, Wyoming, we go outdoors together. Over zoom, you are welcome to choose a safe, private area outdoors (conditions and location permitting) to have your session.

— Kristy Johnsson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jackson, WY

I believe in the healing power of nature. Quite often in the rush of modern life we forget that humans are a part of nature. Reconnecting to our environment provides space for grounding, mindfulness, reflection, and curiosity. All of which contribute to healing! As I gain more experience and training in ecotherapy, I will incorporate even more aspects of nature into therapy sessions. I plan on offering Walk & Talk (& Create!) therapy in the future.

— Kelly Jacobs, Art Therapist in Frederick, MD
 

Ecotherapy is therapy that either takes place in and/or incorporates elements and beings in the natural world. I incorporate these elements and beings through the wisdom of your body via curiosity and mindfulness, helping you feel their support, guidance, and nonjudgmental presence. If you're near Jackson, Wyoming, we go outdoors together. Over zoom, you are welcome to choose a safe, private area outdoors (conditions and location permitting) to have your session.

— Kristy Johnsson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jackson, WY

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 Dripping Springs, TX
 

I completed courses in Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy at Lewis & Clark College, while in the professional mental health counseling M.A. program. During my graduate internship, I worked with individual clients of all ages at a nature-based therapy agency, and I bring this expertise to my work with clients whether sessions take place outdoors, indoors, or through telehealth, if it is something that is important to you.

— Karin Pfeiffer-Robinson, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

I believe in the healing power of nature. Quite often in the rush of modern life we forget that humans are a part of nature. Reconnecting to our environment provides space for grounding, mindfulness, reflection, and curiosity. All of which contribute to healing! As I gain more experience and training in ecotherapy, I will incorporate even more aspects of nature into therapy sessions. I plan on offering Walk & Talk (& Create!) therapy in the future.

— Kelly Jacobs, Art Therapist in Frederick, MD
 

I believe that nature is therapy and plan to incorporate out of office experiences including mindful and therapeutic walking on wooded trails and by the coast.

— Craig Beeson, Psychologist in Santa Cruz, CA

Ecological grief and distress around the real threat of climate change is highly disregarded in the mental health field but the hopelessness that accompanies this anxiety can impact both our daily decisions and our plans for the future. We can develop negative coping strategies, or those we’re already navigating may become heightened. Heightened stress about the threat of climate change can fuel tension with the people in your life, especially if they don’t hold the same views as yourself.

— Rae Rome, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

I have been an ecotherapist for as long as I have been a therapist and have been teaching therapist how to translate their love for nature in to their work with clients over the past 3 years. I have an office at Edwin Park where I met with client who may be feeling stuck. We explore themes that have been coming up in nature, which always tends to provide a rich metaphor for unexplainable experiences. I also support clients with creating and performing rituals for grief, transitions etc

— Musenge Luchembe Hayslett, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Nashville, TN

Many people find that utilizing Ecotherapy (nature-based therapy) as a stand-alone or alongside office-based therapy assists in discovering new avenues for self-discovery and healing. If you have ever felt a sense of peace, joy, or connection when outdoors, Ecotherapy may resonate with you. All Ecotherapy sessions are 90 minutes to allow for full immersion in the experience. I completed a Professional Certification in Clinical Ecotherapy through TerraSoma Institute in 2019.

— Amy Lajiness, Therapist in San Diego, CA