What is Ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy, or nature therapy, is about  connection to nature, a sense of belonging in the present.

The benefits of ecotherapy:

Ecotherapy by the stream
  • Reduced stress levels
  • A sense of happiness
  • Improved self-awareness
  • A sense of  peace
  • Calming the nervous system
  • Aids relaxation

If we are anxious or depressed, we are focused internally, on our worries, and our perception of what is around us is diminished. When we notice what is around us, we gain an understanding about ourselves.

How does it work?

Using Mindfulness outdoors is about paying close and full attention to something in our awareness, to still a busy mind, focusing on our breath. Listening to the birds, feeling the breeze on our faces, feeling the ground underfoot, touching leaves of a tree, all help to reconnect us with the world, our surroundings.

Talking about what you notice to a therapist can lead to talking about yourself,  helping to understand more about what is going on for you.

  • Being outside connects us to nature, the here and now.
  • Using our senses connects our mind and body to our surroundings.
  • Gives an opportunity for self-reflection
  • Creates a sense of calm and awareness of how we are feeling right now.
  • It can be easier to talk about your worries when walking, moving around, exploring nature leads to exploring own thoughts.

Considerations

  • Be comfortable, dress for the weather, being cold, wet, or too hot, distracts from being able to fully focus on what is around you.
  • Being outdoors may evoke memories, which is where a therapist can be useful, to explore sad, and happy memories, to understand our feelings, and to understand more about ourselves, and why we feel as we do now.

Take a look with me at what Ecotherapy is and how it can benefit you.

Walk and Talk Outdoor Counselling

Walk and Talk outdoor counselling is available. A short walk from my premises, this private, secluded field offers a quiet place to have therapy, surrounded by nature. Nature can help us to reconnect with our senses and emotions, as well as aiding relaxation and a sense of calm.

There is space to walk, to relax, to observe wildlife  and listen to the birds. Relaxation can really help to give a new perspective to problems and worries.

By the stream

 

As the ground can be wet underfoot in winter, outdoor clothing is necessary,

Price details are the same as other sessions.

Contact me if you would like more information.

 

Outdoor Counselling

I am offering outdoor counselling in my lovely garden. Nature can help us to reconnect with our senses and emotions, as well as aiding relaxation and a sense of calm. We will adhere to current Government guidelines regarding social distancing.

My garden pond

There are plenty of options to sit, some involving steps. Please wear suitable footwear..

Lovely flowers in my garden

In case of adverse weather, we can be under cover.

Claire’s Therapy Patioo

Alternatively, please wear waterproof clothing. An umbrella may be useful to bring, but I have some available here.

 

This also a lovely setting for meditation

Sessions cost £40 for 50 minutes.

Credit card payments taken on the day.

Payment can also be made by Paypal or by bank transfer.

Account T/A Claire Lilley

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