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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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

We’ve long understood the benefits of “talk therapy” for the treatment of emotional distress. Science also proves that nature is a powerful medicine. Getting outside the traditional setting of an office may help you feel more comfortable while discussing painful issues. Ecotherapy has been linked to lower levels of stress hormones, increased attentiveness, decreased rumination, and improvements in mood. ​

— Amanda Wetegrove-Romine, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX

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

Ecotherapy recognizes that our dis-ease as humans stems from living a life that is disconnected and out of harmony with the natural rhythms of the earth. To place mental illness solely in personal reality is a delusional repression of actual experience. Our lived experiences - on freeways, in food deserts, and concrete jungles - has separated us from our own rhythms. Our goal then, is simply to welcome you back to the rhythms of your body and the earth.

— Amelia Hodnett, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

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 have a special passion for EcoTherapy, and have experienced personal healing while in nature. When appropriate, I enjoy taking people outside for a "walk and talk" session. I have worked as a Field Instructor for a wilderness therapy company, and spend much of my free time doing outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, backpacking, and simply enjoying a moment of what I call "be time" in the sunshine. I enjoy helping people find how they can uniquely connect to the earth and nature.

— Jackie Currie, Counselor in Bend, OR

Nature is the most crucial element of my self-care, and I have walked beside many clients who have benefited from the integration of ecotherapy (or nature therapy) in our work. Sometimes this means meeting for a walk outside instead of in the office, or sometimes it means bringing elements of nature into the session.

— Dr. April Watts, Counselor in Boise, ID

I am still very much deep in learning and always will be in this field. It is important for my clients that they have a general idea of where they come from, what came on the land before them, and what is there now. I want them to have these things in mind when we are out on the land so that they can orient themselves and learn from the rich history, bio-life, and experience that they have during our sessions.

— Ariella Hubbard, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Golden, 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,

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

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 (nature-centered therapy) helps us connect to ourselves, our families, communities and environment. The farther removed we are from the earth's natural cycles, the more anxious, stressed and burned out we may feel. Nature is deeply healing and research supports its positive effects in reducing anxiety, improving self-esteem and promoting relaxation. I offer "nature prescriptions" that help you pause, become still and cultivate a sense of calm and ease.

— Maja Nuoffer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , 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

A growing body of literature shows that therapy complemented by exposure to natural environments results in improved physical and mental health, spiritual expansion, and unity of body and mind. A natural experience can be as abundant as camping; as accessible as parks, local lookout points, and beaches; or as simple as focusing directly on a tree or flower on the street or looking at the sky. Ecotherapy can fit into a variety of lifestyles and existing psychotherapeutic treatment methods.

— Natalya Sivashov, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist