Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy is counseling which promotes healing and growth nurtured by a healthy interaction with the earth. This is an emerging field which already has a great deal of research on how effective and enjoyable nature-based therapy can be.

 

One way to combine Somatic Experiencing (SE) with Ecotherapy is to conduct therapy sessions outside. Meeting at my office and then going for a walk or to a park are options with this approach.

 

SE is well-suited for outdoor sessions for many reasons, primarily because being outside offers great opportunities to orient to the external environment in the present moment, a foundational part of SE. The act of sitting on the ground or tracking sensations while walking can assist in getting grounded in the body. Also discussing personal information is not necessary to benefit from SE so decreased privacy issues are mitigated while we are outside the therapy office. 

 

Somatic Experiencing is most often used in a traditional therapy office setting and many of my clients choose to meet with me in my office. Therapy sessions may begin in my office and eventually move outside or stay in the office. I do not have any requirement or expectation of where your therapy session is located, except that it be in a safe and healing environment. SE can be done anywhere you feel comfortable. 

 

For more info please check out ecotherapyheals.com