Ecotherapy is an umbrella term for the use of nature-based approaches to facilitate wellness, growth and healing. With its roots in the field of ecopsychology, ecotherapists work from a belief that people are an interconnected, interdependent part of their local environments, and that disconnection from nature contributes to the wide variety of the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual difficulties clients bring to therapy.
Clinical ecotherapy, or nature-based psychotherapy, allows clinicians a framework to blend nature interventions and exercises into their foundational therapeutic modalities. Decades of research clearly demonstrates the benefits of nature on mental health and wellbeing. Integrating land, animals, and natural awareness into the therapeutic process allows clinicians unique and holistic opportunities for exploring insight, contact, boundaries, purpose, relationships, Selfhood, and protective strategies.
"You are comprised of 84 minerals, 23 elements, and 8 gallons of water. You have been built up from nothing by the spare parts of the Earth you have consumed, according to a set of instructions hidden in a double helix and small enough to be carried by a sperm. You are recycled butterflies, plants, rocks, streams, firewood, wolf fur, and shark teeth, broken down to their smallest parts and rebuilt into our planet's most complex living thing. You are not living on Earth. You are Earth." -Aubrey Marcus
What I provide:
Nature-based psychotherapy for adults and Eco-play therapy for children available. For Adults: These sessions orient to the client's presenting concerns and take place at our ranch or at a local natural area. Adult individual psychotherapy with me may be a good fit specifically if you struggle with:
General sense of anxiety & fear
Feeling oversensitive and overwhelmed in the physical world
General distrust of human connections
Feeling disconnected in/from your body, and/or strong intellectualization
Sense of feeling trapped
Perfectionism and/or strong inner critic
You believe your value comes through your performance and accomplishments
Work has value, play does not
Difficulty in relationships due to desire to improve them and yourself
Weakened sense of Self or intuition
Psychotherapy is conducted outdoors and in collaboration with our surroundings. I work through the frames of Gestalt therapy, Internal Family Systems, somatic awareness, ecopsychology, nature connection, and mindfulness. Psychoeducation and body awareness is a part of my work, helping you understand the importance of your human animal development, your attachment process to others and the world, and how you can better participate in your mammalian nervous system. The education, experientials, and the relationships developed between us and nature facilitate healing and empowerment so you may respond authentically (versus react) to life's joys and challenges, and create a life of your own making. Eco-play therapy blends exciting play activities with calm, caring activities to promote optimal arousal and regulation of neural states. Sessions are 60 - 90 minutes in length, depending on age and need. $100/hour **Contact for more information or to find out if new client openings are available at this time.**
Perhaps you are not in need of therapy at this time yet could benefit from one-on-one, personalized support in collaboration with nature. Therapeutic Land Walks are not therapy but are skill-building and health promoting outdoor sessions that are individualized to your current life and personal growth goals. With the help of myself and the natural environment, you will develop awareness and energetic skills that enhance your sense of safety in the world, build an embodied self-confidence, and cultivate strength and resiliency. For adults only.
What is the difference between a Therapeutic Land Walk and Forest Bathing? The most significant difference between these two healing practices is the individualization. In TLW’s, I take time in our initial session to learn a bit about you and your personal growth goals and challenges. With this information, we (you, me and nature) collaborate in outdoor spaces to learn practices and skills that support your development. For example, we may learn the skill of ‘Core’ which entails holding your attention on and feeling the center of your body. This important human skill is necessary for listening to and adhering to your instincts and intuition, as well as for developing confidence in your personal power. Many beings in nature model this skill, and we learn from them as they are the best teachers. Sessions are 1.5-2 hours in length, and take place in a local natural space decided upon together. $85/hour
Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Bathing is a restorative sensory exploration that supports health and healing for all beings. From increased cerebral blood flow, to mood upliftment, and stronger immune defenses, come discover for yourself what happens when we unplug, slow down, and open our senses to notice more of our natural surroundings. Forest bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrial civilization. These practices strengthen our collective empathy and compassion, and can expand how we tend to all our personal relationships. Private individual and group sessions available. Walks are 2-2.5 hours in length. Fees vary.