Though nature therapy, or ecotherapy, is a relatively new area being studied in psychology, it has already gained popularity and proven itself to have great value.
Including nature in therapy has a long list of physical and mental benefits for both children and adults.
Being out in nature has been shown to help decrease depression and anxiety, and increase self-esteem and social skills.
Clients can participate in nature therapy through individual sessions or group sessions, or with their families or spouses.
Each session is a little different and is tailored to the client’s needs. Games, journaling, and meditation are a few techniques used in our nature therapy, as well as traditional talking and processing.
Our nature therapy sessions can are done during regular session times at nearby parks, or during day-long, or even multi-day, hikes.
Children these days are exposed to the outdoors so little, especially living in a city. But being outdoors and play is vital to their development. This form of therapy is especially great for children who have a hard time with exercise, social skills, video game obsession, isolation, or ADHD.
Ben Klasky can explain the benefits of nature for kids: