Ecotherapy is a term referring to a wide variety of treatment programmes which aim to boost your mental, physical wellness as well as social and spiritual domains through outdoor activities in nature. There are many studies confirming that connection with nature has lots of positive health benefits.
Other terms to describe ecotherapy such as:
• green exercise
• walking therapy
• green care
• green therapy
• horticultural therapy
What happens in ecotherapy?
Ecotherapy can be experienced in both rural and urban settings, such as parks, gardens, farms and woodlands and includes working in nature, such as a conservation project, gardening or farming as well as just experiencing nature, such as enjoying the views while walking or cycling or just sitting.
Benefits of ecotherapy for mental health
• reduced depression
• reduced anger
• reduced feelings of anxiety and stress
• improved mood and self-esteem
• increased emotional resilience
Benefits of ecotherapy for physical health
• gentle physical exercise
• fresh air to increase your energy levels
• using up excess stress hormones
• relaxing your nervous system by being in a calm, natural environment
• increased stamina and fitness
Benefits of ecotherapy for social life
• meeting new people and boosting dopamine levels
• less isolation and loneliness increased the sense of belonging
• building your peer support network
• a more structured week
• connections with people
Why choose me as your ecotherapist in Brighton
Clients may be drawn to a therapeutic relationship that possibly derives benefit from Kemptown, Brighton’s unique geographical position surrounded by the South Downs National Park which slopes down to the 5-kilometre Undercliff Walk along the seafront between Kemptown and Rottingdean and onwards to Saltdean.
Walking outside in nature in a therapeutic relationship can be an innovative approach integrating experience in the therapy room with outside. I offer such an additional practice for those clients who would find that such an experience, at times, may suit them.
I am trained as an ecotherapist, a form of therapy harnessing nature’s healing presence, indoors or out. Ecotherapy may really be therapy outside, walking possibly in close-by nature, or by the sea or merely sitting outside in nature.
It is for me, as a practising person-centred psychotherapist, the client who chooses the pace, direction and way of the therapeutic relationship, and this residing value and philosophy of the type of psychotherapy I practice applies also to therapeutic work in nature. Ecotherapy, where I accompany the client in a genuine therapeutic relationship, serves to illuminate the healing possibility inherent in nature that may contribute to the sacredness of the therapeutic space between a client and myself. I am open and willing to listening, talking and walking in nature should a client find that beneficial.
Some clients may relish freedom afforded by being in nature when in psychological distress, helping re-engagement, connection and belonging.
Benefits of ecotherapy for spiritual development
Through your connection with nature, you can develop a stronger spiritual life and larger outlook at all life.