Nature Based (Outdoor) Therapy
“We depend on nature not only for our physical survival, we also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds.” -Eckhart Tolle
A unique type of therapy which takes place entirely outdoors in Clinton, Montana (about 18 miles east of Missoula). This therapy integrates the healing benefits of the natural world into the therapeutic process.
Why outdoors instead of an office?
Through my own personal journey, my education and work in wilderness therapy, I have seen how incredibly healing it can be to return to our roots. Just the act of being out in nature has been researched and proven to provide us with many health benefits both mentally and physically such as reducing stress, anxiety, and boosting the immune system. When this is combined with therapeutic intervention, it can help re-set the nervous system, decrease difficult symptoms and create a present, grounded state of being.
What happens during an outdoor session?
This completely depends on your needs and goals. From the parking location, the forested private land I utilize for sessions is less than a 10 minute walk. When we arrive at the location, which is right alongside the beautiful Clark Fork river, the session will evolve and may include sitting in chairs along the river or wandering through the trees.
YES, this is offered all year round!
Telehealth therapy takes place online through a HIPAA compliant platform. Telehealth has become more popular over the last couple of years and allows for people to continue receiving care when they are not able to be in person. I offer telehealth as an option because I know everyone is not able to travel for outdoor sessions. It can also be utilized as a supplement between outdoor sessions or when there is severe weather preventing us from being outdoors. There are still many ways to bring in healing elements of nature even when we are meeting online.
I know how helpful supervision has been for me through my career and I hope to provide the same for others. I offer supervision for any clinical students and candidates needing to fulfill supervision requirements or looking for additional support. This can take place over telehealth or in person.
Theoretical orientations include:
– Parts Work
– Somatic Theory
– Nature Based
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare
I offer outdoor retreats throughout the spring, summer and fall. These experiences are a wonderful way to build community while enhancing your relationship to self and the natural world. They typically take place for a few hours on a weekend day or week day evening and are located on private forested land alongside the Clark Fork river in Clinton MT (18 miles East of Missoula on I-90).