This experiential approach involves contact with nature and some research suggests it can be as effective as medication in addressing various mental health challenges. Clients are invited to explore a 42 acre farm with open meadows, trails, woods, streams, ponds, deer, herons, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, owls, hawks and the occasional bald eagle as they participate in their therapy session.
Ecotherapy helps the client form a relationship with the natural world in order to make sense of inner emotion and life experience. Interaction with nature affords space for inward reflection. All five senses are engaged, and ecotherapy sessions can feel less “talky” than office sessions.
As stated by Counseling Psychologist Martin Jordan, international expert in ecotherapy, “How we encounter and interpret the natural world creates a personal narrative that gives meaning to our experience and emotions.”
(See www.ecotherapy.org.uk for more information about this approach.)