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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Through my and your relationship with nature, we will spend time outdoors in and with nature for guidance, metaphor, wisdom, allyship, validation, and strength. Sometimes we will simply sit or walk in nature and other times we may have a specific journey or exercise with nature. We evolve as nature evolves, we are not separate from, but part of and within nature and nature is within us.

— Becky Robbins, Creative Art Therapist in Kenmore, 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 was raised by an outdoor elementary educator, and I always planned to provide therapeutic services in outdoor settings. As my education and specialization in EcoTherapy has emerged it is rooted in Deep Ecology, Systems Theory, and Faith. While I don't always provide in-person outdoor services, my approach will create a deepened relationship with your ecological system with a focus on your relationship and development within the natural world.

— Krista Gaston, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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 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

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
 

I have been practicing ecopsychology for over 10 years. This may include using plants and pictures of plants or a nature scene, or it may include meeting in person (when possible) on the beach or in the woods. The use of nature provides for a deeper level of healing that may increase empathy for oneself, others and the planet.

— Dr. Denise Renye, Sex Therapist

Ecotherapy is nature-based therapy. It considers the client's relationship with the environment, plants, animals, and the whole more-than-human world as central to the healing process. Any number of nature-based activities from taking therapy outdoors (local parks and green spaces) to at-home plant-tending comprise ecotherapy. Ecotherapy is social justice-oriented in that it considers systems of oppression and access.

— John Moletress, Psychotherapist in Philadelphia, PA
 

I have a certificate in EcoTherapy from Southwestern College (2010), that involved immersion in a variety of earth-based ceremonial and therapeutic practices. I am also a Vision Quest guide. I have trained as well in Soulcraft with Animas Valley Institute, in wilderness therapy with Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, and in therapeutic wilderness experience with Esalen Institute. I am certified in First Aid and have completed training in Wilderness First Aid. I also guide Forest Bathing experiences.

— Chris Chappell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe, NM

Ecopsychology permeates my practice even when we are meeting in-office. I pay close attention to your relationship to the natural world and your own natural rhythms. I also have training and experience in supporting folks with ecological/climate anxiety and grief.

— Lauren Traitz, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

The natural world offers much in the way of healing, from a quieter place to reconnect with feelings, to a guide for experiencing the seasons of life, and a chance to observe and relate to wildlife, the landscape, and natural phenomena. Experiencing nature and exploring ways to care for nature can both be great sources of healing and meaning. I offer Nature Walk and Talk Therapy in the Las Cruces, NM area.

— Elizabeth Harvey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,

The benefits of nature on mental and physical health are well documented and are the reason I offer outdoor therapy. My approach is through a “walk-and-talk" which can mean a stroll through a park, walking a trail, or hiking-- whatever level of comfort a person may have and want to pursue. Incorporating sensory experiences into therapy is a great way to access and integrate languages that are not available with words.

— Jamie Krahulec, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR
 

The natural world offers much in the way of healing, from a quieter place to reconnect with feelings, to a guide for experiencing the seasons of life, and a chance to observe and relate to wildlife, the landscape, and natural phenomena. Experiencing nature and exploring ways to care for nature can both be great sources of healing and meaning. I offer Nature Walk and Talk Therapy in the Las Cruces, NM area.

— Elizabeth Harvey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,

Ecotherapy is more than just taking a walk in the woods. It holds the belief and perspective that humans are innately connected and intertwined with nature. What happens in nature and the world inevitably affects us. And so ecotherapy can help reconnect our mind and body to nature while using nature as a means of healing. A lot of people find that they feel better when they remove themselves from the hustle and noise of every day life. For many, nature is where that solace can be found. I can help you harness that feeling of rejuvenation and calm that you may find after a hike on the beach or a walk through the Redwoods and use it as a means of support and healing in our work together. I incorporate mindfulness and somatic, or body-based therapy, into this work as well while conducting sessions either indoors or outdoors. If you think this type of work might be a good fit for you, I encourage you to reach out to learn more!

— Emily Pellegrino, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA
 

We are not just from this Earth, we are of this Earth. Remembering and reconnecting to our relationship with the natural world can offer support, surrender, and insight. We are a piece of the larger fractal of nature. Looking to examples in nature for birthing, growing, blooming, and dying can offer comfort or guidance. I offer walk and talk therapy sessions in green spaces. I facilitate individual and group experiences of 'nature bathing' as well as rituals for grief, vision, and transition.

— jo'kai (jb/ jennifer) bath, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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 live in an eco-friendly matter and will help you reconnect with nature.

— Dominique Boschetti, Counselor in Houston, TX

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