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 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 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
 

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

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 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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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,
 

Ecotherapy provides us with the opportunity to take sessions outside of the traditional office setting, which allows you to combine the benefits of therapy with movement and nature. Especially during the pandemic, Ecotherapy gives us the opportunity to have an occasional alternative to telehealth sessions.

— Lana Lipe, Clinical Social Worker in Aiea, HI

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
 

I believe that nature is therapy and plan to take incorporate out of office experiences including mindful and therapuetic walking in the woods and by the coast.

— Craig Beeson, Psychologist in Santa Cruz, CA

Research shows that spending time outside can alleviate symptoms of mental health issues and improve overall physical health as well. I am available for eco-therapy, where we will have sessions outside on nature trails around the office. We can use this time to have a typical talk-therapy session while walking in nature, or explicitly practice mindfulness techniques in nature, both of which are immensely healing.

— Kaylee Friedman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in New Brunswick, NJ
 

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

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