At Evolve in Nature, nature-based or wilderness therapy is individualized therapy in a natural setting. These sessions take place outdoors instead of in the office, using traditional psychotherapy practices, such as: body-centered psychotherapy, mindfulness, EMDR therapy, psychological education, and when appropriate, combine experiences in nature as a catalyst for change and personal growth.
Although most Westerners spend a majority of their lives indoors and in front of a screen, I believe there is a place in all of us that longs for nature. The connection between human beings and wilderness is deep, natural and significant; we travel across the globe to see it and open our windows to feel it. For many of us a just a walk in the park can uplift our mood. Many people find it easier to be consciously in the present moment, open up, and be themselves in natural environments, and research strongly suggests the same. Think of your favorite walk or hike with a friend, it was likely similar to a mini therapy session.
As with any indoor session, I work alongside the client to achieve relief in the present moment and reduce suffering overtime. Together we will establish your personal goals for therapy as well as determine outdoor settings where you feel comfortable. Outdoor, nature-based sessions can take place sitting in a quiet place, walking or hiking a trail, or rock climbing. In a safe, positive, and supportive environment, a nature-based therapy approach gives you and opportunity to turn your attention to the present moment and current challenges, while delving into past experiences. You will be empowered to make decisions, create change, experience safety and achieve mastery of living with a sense of wonder.
"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is like going home; that wilderness is a necessity." - John Muir
Intensive half day to multi day therapeutic trips are also available for individuals, couples, families and groups. Please use the Contact page to get in touch for further information.