Ecopsychotherapy

In psychotherapy, the relationship between the therapist and the client is the space where the client can explore feelings and patterns of behaviour and begin to know themselves better. In ecopsychotherapy, this relationship is extended to include the natural world.

Ecopsychotherapy sessions take place outdoors. The landscape, weather, sunlight, plants and animals might all become part of the therapy process. For example, standing in an open meadow might allow a client to experience a feeling of spaciousness, which might ease a feeling of life being too cluttered; the noisy squawking of rooks might resonate with anxious feelings, helping a client to notice how noisy and distracting anxiety can feel; leaning against a solid oak might offer a brief respite for a client who experiences the exhaustion of having to constantly take care of themselves.

Feel free to contact me to talk more about whether ecopsychotherapy might be helpful for you.