Outdoor Walking Talking Therapy, Ecotherapy & Deeper Nature Sessions
Most of us feel better when we have spent time in the great outdoors. The restorative effects of a long hike with the dog, relaxing on a beach or simply spending time in the garden or local park leaves us feeling calmer, more content and refreshed.
At Wild Wellbeing we take this a step further by supporting our clients to engage in the natural world in holistic, meaningful and healing ways using a proven and carefully crafted model of practice called the NatureWell Approach developed by Natural Academy
Wild Wellbeing UK has emerged from our passion to support people with mental health and personal development needs along with our love for the natural world. By bringing people into contact with nature they can begin to heal from personal issues, trauma, stress, anxiety and mental illness. Studies now show that people with strong connections with nature report feeling happier and more content.
We believe that nature is home and that we are as much a part of nature as any wild animal or plant. By reconnecting with our wild true nature we can come back home to ourselves and our deepest longing. Here we can learn to find the peace, fulfilment and harmony which is often lacking in the everyday human world.
Being outside in nature brings its own healing element and this combines with exploring the symbols and mirroring that nature can offer to support recovery from mental illness, trauma, stress, anxiety as well as to support personal development and meaningful connection to the natural world. Most importantly, when humans have a better connection to nature, they take care of the natural world in proactive ways which can restore and heal this beautiful Earth.
Walking & Talking Therapy
Walking & Talking Therapy brings all the benefits of a normal therapy session with the added advantage of being out in nature. We carefully select local natural spaces which offer peace and quiet as well as the beauty of the natural world.
As an experienced psychotherapist, I have found being able to work outside during the present pandemic has supported a number clients who found online communication difficult. The same therapeutic boundaries & code of ethics that apply when working face to face in a room continue in my work outside in nature.
I am currently on the 2nd year of a 2 year Accredited Diploma in Regenerative Eco Psychology and Nature Based Practice.
I am also a member of Nature & Health Practitioners Network
Ecotherapy can support individuals to overcome stress, anxiety and other mental health problems as well as personal issues like grief, trauma or major life changes. Those who want to enhance personal development and their unique relationship to nature can also benefit from ecotherapy.
The focus of ecotherapy is to support the participant to connect with the natural environment in a deeper and more meaningful way which helps them to feel safe and held by nature with a skilled practitioner who acts as listener and guide.
During an ecotherapy session people are supported in a respectful and nonjudgemental way. Confidentiality is central and crucial to this work and participants are never expected to discuss anything they do not feel ready or able to.
Exactly how the session will unfold will depend on the individual but it may include; talking in depth about situations, feelings and experiences; meditation exercises which help people connect to their environment and feel grounded; focusing on a particular tree, plant, rock, animal or piece of land to find meaning and connection in nature; making something creative using natural found materials.
Participants may also be encouraged to explore their environment to find meaning and mirroring from Nature. This supports greater insights into personal experiences, feelings or issues related to emotions, relationships or certain situations.
Sessions take place in carefully selected nature spaces, chosen for their beauty, peace and tranquility. These spaces may be unsuitable for those with certain health conditions or disabilities; if you feel this applies to you then please get in touch and we will do our best to seek alternative locations to suit individual needs.
Deeper Nature Sessions
Have you ever looked up at the sky at night and wondered "why am I here?"or been so touched by the beauty of a tree or landscape that you have been moved to tears? When we have these experiences we are deeply and intuitively being touched by our deepest self, our unique essence which is so fundamentally connected to all of life. This is how our Soul communicates directly to our consciousness, through the wonder of nature and the vastness of the cosmos. When we listen to this Soul talk carefully and with great attention, we can find out what our unique place is in this strange life with its joys and sorrows.
In these deeper nature session you will be offered an opportunity to listen to the soft inner voice of the Soul, learning that the natural world is also there to guide you to realising your deepest truth and your life's unique purpose. Nature and Soul are one and the same and both have so much to teach us everyday. This work is for people of all faiths who wish to deepen their understanding of self and their calling. It can help support those who are at a transition in life to gently explore what is truly in their heart. This peaceful offering is however not for the faint hearted as it can be life changing as well as extremely life affirming. It is most suitable for those who have already embarked on personal development work and feel ready to take their journey further.