In outdoor counselling or ecotherapy, nature plays a more active role and acts as a co-therapist. Evolving in the elements enables you to have a more embodied experience of your surroundings, by connecting you to all your senses. The landscape or certain natural elements will facilitate the exploration of your feelings and memories, through holding metaphors and insights about your life, or moments of synchronicity. Nature might also stimulate the expression of your imagination and creativity and give you a stronger sense of place. Being with nature and experiencing its support is also a wonderful way to retrieve a forgotten relationship, one of mutual respect and care. We might walk slowly, sit by a tree or do some nature-based activity, but overall the traditional structure of a counselling session will apply.
Things to consider before any outdoor work: At times, we might have to negotiate around elements like weather, types of terrain, animals and people. All this will be considered and discussed together at the start of our work together, particularly in regard to confidentiality and safety. You will need to wear outdoor shoes and clothing adapted to the various weather we might encounter.
Who is it for? Outdoor counselling can be of particular benefit if you are:
Feeling intimidated by the confines of the therapy room
Suffering of stress and anxiety
Experiencing low mood and depression
Going through a life transition
Healing from loss or grief
Looking for personal development
Where does it take place? In parks and woods around North London.