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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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

I'm experienced in working with climate anxiety and climate grief, as well as with ecological anxiety and grief in general. I also help people reduce stress through increasing their connection with nature. In person, I offer nature-based therapy and hiking therapy for established clients.

— Laura Carter Robinson, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI
 

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 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

Therapy with me is nature-based, liberatory & magical. I blend parts work, treating internalized oppression & nature-based therapy to help folx access the self-acceptance, self-esteem & self-compassion that is their birthright. As an ecofeminist witch in a tradition that integrates magic and politics, I use magical tools like ritual, tarot, the elements, connection with nature, connection with ancestors/other guides & movement to help you find the change you are looking for.

— Cooper Stodden, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

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

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
 

Walk & Talk therapy is an opportunity to take your therapy session outdoors. Meeting up and sitting across from your therapist in an office may not be how you want your therapy journey to look. For years research has shown the benefits of being in nature. Eco-therapist have been tasked with the job to add more nature to cityscapes, business, office spaces, and so on. Why not meet up in nature?

— Laura Tanner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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