Therapy in Nature
Walk and Talk Therapy
Studies have shown that spending time in nature can have a de-stressing effect and can help to fight depression and anxiety.
I have personally found spending time in nature, whether going for walks or tending my garden, to be therapeutic and it has greatly improved both my physical and mental health.
As a Person Centred Counsellor of 20 years’ experience I have worked in many settings. The recent pandemic resulted in me working entirely from home on the telephone and via video calls.
During this time I turned to my gardening and also walking to help me to manage my own fears and anxieties around the virus as I worked with my clients to help them to manage theirs and maintain a sense of wellbeing.
My gardening became a mindful activity which allowed me to get respite from the constant feeling of uncertainty.
Growing up with a Dad who loved his gardening I have always had an interest in growing things. I am by no means an expert but just love to have a go. I particularly like to try to grow things to eat.
Every day would also involve walking in the park and beautiful countryside near my home. It is a joy to discover new paths which I didn’t know existed, even though I have lived in this area for a long time.
Seeing nature continuing in its cycle of growth and renewing itself gave me a sense of safety, well being and connection.
I am currently in the process of adding walk and talk therapy as well as therapeutic gardening to my practice.