Exeter Ecotherapy: Counselling and psychotherapy outdoors

Ecotherapy sessions are typically conducted outdoors; we meet for 50 minute sessions in a local park or other open space. In many ways outdoors sessions are the same as those conducted indoors. Counselling and psychotherapy outdoors is grounded on the same foundations as conventional therapy, but has the added input of nature as a kind of co-therapist. MIND, the mental health charity, conducted extensive research into ecotherapy and concluded that it can have "great benefits ... for people experiencing mental health problems". (MIND: What is ecotherapy?)

Exeter parks are ideal for ecotherapy
Exeter parks are ideal for ecotherapy

In this short interview I talk about the value of ecotherapy.

I have been involved with what we now call ecotherapy for over ten years. I have published research on ecotherapy and regularly blog on the subject. I completed a Masters dissertation on outdoor therapy and have trained with practitioners from both the US and the UK. I am a member of Ecopsychology UK and Counsellors and Psychotherapists Outdoors.

There is a growing body of research that shows how effective ecotherapy is. If you'd like to experience it for yourself, please get in touch and we can discuss the practicalities.