In an age of technology and social media we can easily forget that at our core we are animals, we have a connection to the natural world and by reconnecting with nature we can more closely reconnect with ourselves. Just spending time outside, particularly around trees, can help to regulate our sleep, lower our blood pressure and slow our breathing. It can help regulate our serotonin levels giving us a sense of happiness and well-being. This in itself may not be enough to solves our problems but it can provide a sense of calm and perspective that allows us to focus on resolving inner conflicts.
Ecotherapy has many forms, what I offer is talking therapy in a natural environment where we explore together what is troubling you.
In Derby we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and I work in several locations including Elvaston Castle, Allestree Park and Kedleston Hall
Walk and talk therapy
There is a strong link to our physical and emotional well being, when we are more physically active we are more emotionally resilient. When we move around, especially in a natural environment it changes the chemistry in our brains which can give us the energy and motivation to make positive changes.
Walking therapy is talking therapy but it involves an element of movement, although there are physical health benefits the focus is not on getting super fit, it’s not an exercise routine and you don’t have to be fit to engage in it. You set the walking pace, if you want to slow down that’s fine, if you want to stop completely that’s ok too, even a small amount of movement and a change from your normal routine can positively affect your mental health.
In Derby we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and I work in several locations including Elvaston Castle, Allestree Park and Kedleston Hall.
Sessions / cost
Sessions last 50 minutes and cost £35 however I have lower cost sessions available for people on a lower income and counselling students studying level 4 or above. I currently have sessions available on Sunday day time.