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, group sessions, 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 are done during regular session times at nearby parks, during day-long sessions, or even multi-day hike sessions.
Children these days are exposed to the outdoors so little, especially living in a city. Play and interacting with nature is vital to child 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: