Exeter Ecotherapy: 'Walk and talk' counselling and psychotherapy outdoors
Ecotherapy is typically conducted outdoors, so is sometimes called 'walk and talk' or simply 'outdoor therapy'. In some ways outdoors counselling sessions are the same as those conducted indoors, except that we meet for each 50 minute sessions in a local park or other natural space. Counselling and psychotherapy outdoors is grounded on the same foundations as conventional therapy, but has the added input of nature as a kind of co-therapist. MIND, the mental health charity, conducted extensive research into ecotherapy and concluded that it can have "great benefits ... for people experiencing mental health problems". (MIND: What is ecotherapy?)
Exeter parks are ideal for ecotherapy
In this short interview I talk about the value of ecotherapy.
I have been involved with what we now call ecotherapy for over ten years. I've spoken at UK conferences, published research on ecotherapy and regularly blog on the subject. I completed a Masters dissertation on outdoor therapy and have trained with practitioners from both the US and the UK. I am a member of Ecopsychology UK and Counsellors and Psychotherapists Outdoors.