Outdoor Counselling (sometimes referred to as Ecotherapy) is the use of the natural world to support and often enhance the traditional therapeutic process.
By moving the session outdoors, we not only work through your concerns as we would do indoors but benefit from the environment as well.
Ecotherapy is a broad term that covers many different ways of working outdoors, however, I primarily offer walking therapy sessions.
We will start off at my indoor space in Hythe and walk a circular route that takes us away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
I would strongly advise the use of sensible footwear! You don’t have to go ‘pro’, but 50 minutes walking in work shoes can be a little uncomfortable; this is, however, a suggestion and not a requirement.
This is in no way a boot camp style training session! The focus is on Therapy, and not the exercise (that’s just an added bonus).
The route takes between 40 and 50 minutes of average paced walking.
We will walk at your pace and there are places to rest along the way.
It is said that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing; if you’re happy with the rain, then so am I!
In fact, different weather can bring out different feelings and can really help the process. If it really is too much to go out in, we will use my room in Hythe or reschedule.
No pressure at all, we can use my traditional indoor space instead.
Absolutely not, walking sessions are priced in exactly the same way as indoor sessions and will cost £40 per 50 minutes.
The available research for walking/outdoor therapy is growing.
Hays (1999) states that walking has huge psychological benefits. There are several books available to purchase that deal specifically with this type of therapeutic approach.