Our intergrated Arts therapist Helen Edwards has been developing simple ways of providing therapeutic experiences outdoors to people looking for psychological, emotional or spiritual support. This work brings together her practice as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. Artist, Movement practitioner and Nature lover. She has trained in Ecotherapy and offers therapeutic work in an environmental context.
This approach combines the innate healing power of nature with humanistic relational work, embodied presence, personal reflection and creative processes, and is based on many years of research, experience and professional practice.
The outdoors offers a gentle, supportive and stimulating therapeutic environment. Ecotherapy can offer access to a diverse range of people and provides therapy that feels more informal, relaxed and engaging than working in a conventional clinical setting.
What is Ecotherapy
Ecotherapy is the term for a wide range of treatment programmes which aim to improve your mental and physical wellbeing through doing outdoor activities in nature. Connecting with nature in this way can have lots of positive health benefits.
Ecotherapy brings together ‘ecology’ and ‘therapy’. Ecology is about relationships – how living things relate to each other and to their environment. Therapy is about healing by bringing to mind aspects of our being that are often outside our awareness.
Since being outdoors opens the possibility of experiencing oneself in a much wider context, Ecotherapy offers a valuable healing experience. It helps us heal our relationships with ourselves and discover the unique experience of what it is to be ‘me’. It also heals our relationships with each other and with our environment. The process might involve being outdoors, sitting, walking or moving in simple ways in direct relationship with nature, speaking and silence, the sounds of nature, exploring the elements, or collecting natural materials to create simple forms – environmental arts therapy.
What you can expect
Helen Edwards offers an initial consultation at the Wellbeing Clinic to explore what it is you are looking for and cocreate with you a simple program for how you might proceed with her accompaniment in a safe and supported way. There are many outdoor places in Oxford that might be agreed upon as a place for the outdoor work. Sessions are for 50 minutes, and the fee is £45.
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