Taking Therapy Outside
Working therapeutically outdoors is an increasingly popular way for people to experience therapy. Research shows the benefits of being outside, from breathing fresh air to the calming effects of the colour green. Many problems that our society has seen as belonging to the individual are now being seen as arising from a much wider issue: the massive negative impact of being cut off from nature.
Working therapeutically outdoors allows us to begin to reconnect to the natural world which we are part of –it can be as simple as smelling a beautiful flower, taking a walk along the beach or taking time to simply ‘be’ in nature, noticing images and symbols that may hold deeper meaning for you. We have long known that we need to protect our green spaces, parks and allotments and spaces where green things grow, perhaps as our modern society becomes ever more busy and urban spaces expand we feel the call of our roots on the land.
How I work in nature
Sessions take place outdoors whatever the weather, so you need to be ready for sun, wind and rain.
Letting nature reflect ourselves back to us we can ask questions such as who am I? What is my purpose? How can I be all that I want to be?
I work in lovely private woodlands near Escot in East Devon which is easily accessible from the A30. We have shelter, a compost loo, running water and facilities for making tea and coffee as well as lighting a fire. There is the opportunity to be still and recreate the traditional approach in an outdoor setting as well as many other creative ways of working.