The Healing Power of Nature in a Modern and Chaotic World
As a young child I always gravitated to the outdoors; building treehouses in the brush of an overgrown garden, watching animals and birds with my parents and grandfather, swimming in a crystal lake summer after summer, starting fires on beaches when I thought no one was looking, rain dancing, and of course catching a releasing fireflies on hot summer nights.
What’s your favorite memory in nature?
Think about it… really think about it. When was the last time you watched the sunrise or sunset? Chances are we have all had many powerful experiences in nature both as children and as adults. And chances are we crave those kinds of experiences still. Living in NYC, or the modern world anywhere for that matter, it can be challanging to connect with nature. Nature therapy is one way to connect a bit more.
Psychotherapy tends to be a verbal exchange that take place between a therapist and client in the safty and comfort of an office. Nature therapy pushed beyond that model and places client, therapist, and nature to mix together in the healing process.
Nature Therapy is:
- Occurs outside
- Great for children, teens, adults, and families
- Powerful for one on one therapy or in groups
Nature Therapy combines elements of:
- Art therapy -Drama therapy
- Narrative therapy
- Jungian archytipal work and use of metaphors
- Mindfulness meditation practices
Again, Nature therapy places the emphasis on the client, worker, and nature triad and not just the client-worker dyad. The nature and experience of the nature becomes an important part of the therapeutic process.
For more inforamtion about Nature Therapy work with Alison Pepper, LCSW, as well as psychotherapy or neurofeedback training please reach out here:
Alison has over 5 years of experience working with English and Spanish speaking clients in NYC. She treats children…buddhistpsychotherapyny.com
- Spring 2018 Nature Therapy Groups co-facilitated by Alison Pepper, LCSW and Romarique Timmerman, LCSW coming soon!