Manchester based Psychotherapist & Ecotherapist
provides high quality outdoor nature-based personal development for private individuals,
organisations and corporate groups, in the form of one-to-one sessions, workshops,
retreats, and bespoke events. Do please
take some time to explore the website.
If you have any
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is an umbrella term for a whole variety of nature-based psychotherapies, counselling
and coaching practices which utilise an experiential connection with nature as
a major part of the therapeutic and coaching process. An
ever-expanding volume of scientific research now clearly supports
a tree can tell you more than can be read in a book."
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is a relatively new field of therapy, but one which has many ancient roots, and
as such, it draws its ideas from both modern and ancients practices.
us, our ancestors would have seen little or no separation between themselves and
the natural world they lived in. Many native cultures today still live in a harmonious
relationship with nature, interacting with nature's rhythms, to sustain and heal,
physically, mentally and spiritually. In native cultures, the shaman would in
effect be the equivalent of our modern doctor, counsellor and psychotherapist.
nature-based healing practices of many native cultures are now being extensively
researched and integrated with modern therapeutic practices under the umbrella
term of 'ecotherapy.'
is a selection of these practices in the form of fun and enlightening outdoor
games and exercises that will be used during my workshops and one-to-one nature
based therapy and coaching sessions. Ecotherapy may be used entirely on its own,
or as a powerful compliment to more mainstream therapeutic models.
do we need nature-based therapy?
society has become more and more industrialised and urbanised. People in industrialised
nations now spend more than 90% of their lives indoors. Our time spent outside,
surrounded by nature, is estimated at only 1% - 5%. As a modern society we have
become increasingly disconnected from the natural world.
millennia we have existed in a very close relationship with the natural world,
and have been intrinsically connected to the rhythms of our natural environment,
from our water and food, to the changing of the seasons. Human evolution has been
so closely intertwined with our environment, that our need for a relationship
with nature must reside in our very genes. Our genetic make-up has barely changed
over the last 10000 years: an almost insignificant change of 0.005%.
it would seem that despite our modern society and technological advancements,
we are still genetically hard-wired to need to co-exist in close relationship
with the natural environment.
As humans we seem
to have an innate need to be close to nature and living things. We seem drawn,
almost unconsciously, to activities which involve the natural environment. Research
suggests human identity, emotional well-being, and personal fulfilment depend
on our relationship with nature.
people are already aware of the beneficial psychological effects of simply being
on a beach, paddling in a stream, or walking in a forest or the mountains. I'm
sure it is no accident that we are drawn to areas of natural beauty when taking
human need for nature is not just linked to use of its resources but it also has
an influence on our emotional state, thought processes and even spiritual well-being.
researchers now believe that conflicts can arise between our modern society's
disconnection from the natural world and our in-built need to relate to it, creating
a series of internal mental conflicts, which can give rise to emotional, behavioural
and addictive problems.
our seemingly in-built requirement for interaction with the natural world for
our physical and mental well-being, it would appear that there is a strong need
for us to finds ways of re-integrating nature back into our lives, so that we
can redress the balance.
use of nature to enhance well-being, physically, mentally and spritually, has
been around probably as long as humans have existed.
is only in more recent times, largely due to industrialisation and urbanisation,
that man has become more and more disconnected and isolated from the natural world.
In our modern society, that in-built need for relationship with nature has become
disrupted, leaving us unbalanced and open to a variety of mental and emotional
has shown that just spending time outdoors in green space can have significant
benefits on your mental well-being. This can be as simple as spending some time
gardening, or sitting in your local park, or spending quality time with a pet,
or going for a walk in the countryside. Ecotherapies such as Wilderness
Therapy, Pet-Assisted Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, Nature Awareness,
Green Therapy, Horticultural Therapy and Walking Therapy, all take
this concept much further by actively utilising a connection with nature as part
of the therapeutic process to enhance your psychological and spiritual health
and Traditional Talking Therapies
to many traditional talking therapies, ecotherapy is often focused much more on
experiential learning. Participants learn and change through engagement and immersing
themselves in the environment and activities, as well as by talking about and
sharing their insights and experiences. Because of this change can often occur
without the lengthy discussion often associated with many talking therapies.
aim is to help you to...
challenge your perceived limitations and unhelpful thought patterns, and develop
greater awareness of your own strengths, through the use of the natural environment
and challenging nature-based activities.
a deeper understanding of how you relate to others, yourself, and your life, by
reflecting on any symbolic or metaphorical relationships between the nature-based
activities and your own life
your new understandings and learnings through sharing thoughts and reflections
in a relaxed, safe, constructive, supportive, non-judgemental and respectful environment
your new learnings and positive resources so that they become available in your
feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature. But not many of us know that
there is also scientific evidence about the healing effects of nature."
says Dr. Eeva
Karjalainen, of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla
some of the benefits reported by previous participants:
trust, both in yourself and others
confidence and self-esteem
mood and reduce depression
of anxiety and stress
to deal with anger
of respect for oneself, others and nature
in communication skills
in psychological and spiritual health and well-being
of team building and relationship building skills
to be in the here and now
to a sense of wonder
your life into perspective
individuals to take responsibility for their own actions
independence and creativity
problem solving and life skills
that you can and do achieve things you never thought possible
might ecotherapy be suitable for?
an interest in nature
perhaps interested in bushcraft skills
an interest in environmental issues
camping / walking / biking / climbing / other outdoor activities
to learn to feel more relaxed, balanced and centered
wish to develop more awareness of their thoughts and behaviours
to develop trust and belief in themselves or others
like to learn to change how they relate to nature, themselves and others
like to develop their natural intuition / listen to their heart / gut instinct
to develop a connection with the spirit of nature (spirit in a
non religious sense)
feel a deep connection with the sprit of nature
follow a nature-based spiritual path (druidry, pagan or shaman)
normally feel comfortable visiting a counsellor
to learn by doing and being
to try something different
approach is highly experiential and integrates elements of different ecotherapies
with more traditional therapies. It including Natural
Awareness Therapy, Nature Awareness, Wilderness Therapy, Contemporary Psychotherapy,
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Self Relations Psychotherapy,
Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Gestalt Therapy, Mind-body practices,
Shamanism, and Life Coaching. I'm sure you can begin to imagine the
amazing benefits of combining these powerful approaches in an outdoor environment.|| |
I am an
experienced Solution-Focused Integrative Psychotherapist and Ecotherapist. I also
integrate Life Coaching, NLP, Meditation and Advanced Hypnotherapy into my work.
see exactly what you are looking for? Then do please get in touch to discuss your
requirements. My training and experience has given me the flexibility and knowledge
to help you work through many psychological issues.
treatment is carried out in a completely confidential, highly constructive, relaxed,
supportive and non-judgemental environment.
you are committed to make the inner changes you need, simply phone
me on 0161 881 4333 or to make an appointment now.
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therapy' taking root For stressed-out workers,
this may someday be a doctor's prescription: Walk around in the woods.
Scientists in Japan have been learning a lot in recent
years about the relaxing effects of forests and trees on mental and physical health.
Based on their findings, some local governments are promoting "forest therapy."
Experience shows that the scents of trees, the sounds of
brooks and the feel of sunshine through forest leaves can have a calming effect,
and the conventional wisdom is right, said Yoshifumi Miyazaki, director of the
Center for Environment Health and Field Sciences at Chiba University.
had lived in nature for 5 million years. We were made to fit a natural environment.
So we feel stress in an urban area," Miyazaki said. "When we are exposed
to nature, our bodies go back to how they should be."
a walk in a forest, or "forest bathing" as it is sometimes called, can
strengthen the immune system, according to Li Qing, a senior assistant professor
of forest medicine at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo."
therapy' taking root'
The Japan Times Online, Akemi Nakamura,
Published: Friday, 2 May 2008
walks can help reduce depression and raise self-esteem according to
research published today, leading to calls for "ecotherapy" to become
a recognised treatment for people with mental health problems. Ecotherapy:
the green agenda for mental health is the first study looking at how "green"
exercise specifically affects those suffering from depression.
to Mind, England and Wales's leading mental health charity, it produced "startling"
results proving the need for ecotherapy to be considered a proper treatment option."
walks 'can help reduce depression'
The Independant, Nicola
Boden, Published: Monday, 14 May 2007
"Does outdoor play help keep the doctor
report by Natural England found that only 10% of children played in woodland,
compared with 40% of their parents' generation.
report, listed 12 recommendations that it felt could help address the deficit.
- Promote better use of accessible
green space in order to increase the use of under-utilised areas
of "forest schools" and similar approaches to learning in the outdoors
- And encouraging schools to give greater emphasis
to offering children "engaging nature experiences".
outdoor play help keep the doctor away?
BBC, Mark Kinver,
Published: Friday, 10 February 2012