Nature offers a calm, healing, reflective space for working through personal difficulties.
I have found that taking therapy into outdoor natural environments enriches the counselling experience. It spurs deeper and creative ways of thinking and our movement through the landscape allows people to feel ‘unstuck’ while confronting their problems.
Talking therapy outdoors is an option for everyone regardless of fitness and ability. I will be flexible to work around individual need and circumstance.
How does it work?
This can take a variety of forms…
- Walk and talk – Walk and talk therapy is just as it sounds. We will walk together at an agreed pace while talking through your problem in a natural environment. Adding movement to the therapeutic process can really help people open up and often feels less intimidating than sitting in the therapy room.
- Nature Therapy – We will connect with the natural environment, use the landscape, movement and allow symbolism, metaphors and creativity to play a valuable role in our sessions. Nature becomes a mirror and offers much insight into the therapeutic process.
- Inside & out – It is an option to move between the indoor and outdoor environment. This way of working will reflect where you feel that you need to be giving you a great influence over your therapeutic process.
Benefits of spending time outdoors
There is an abundance of research to support the benefits from spending time in and connecting with nature. Medical professionals are referring to this as Vitamin N. Here is a list of some of these benefits:
- Reduces symptoms of; stress, anxiety, depression, anger, trauma and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
- Reduces blood pressure and heart rate
- Improves sleep
- Strengthens the immune system
- Increases energy and vitality
- Increases brain power and clarity of thought
- Increases self esteem, empathy, kindness and compassion
- Boosts creativity and intuition
- Fosters healthier ageing
- Promotes a healthy body, mind, heart connection
- Relaxes an overworked brain