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WALKING AND TALKING THERAPY OR ECO PSYCHOTHERAPY
Drawing on research from environmental psychology there is a growing body of research pointing to the beneficial effects of nature on human perception, emotions, behaviour and cognition.
Walking therapy is for anyone who is interested in doing psychotherapy outdoors, working 1-1 at your own pace; sharing and exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and connecting with the natural environment can help imagine new ideas and potential solutions.
As human beings, we have a deep connection with nature that is inherent in each and every one of us. Being in nature can provide an anchoring and grounding space. Covid has provided the opportunity to take psychotherapy outdoors into a natural setting.
Spending time in nature can be therapeutic, it can provide a healing space to explore any issues you are having. When combined with walking, the release of dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin, and adrenaline inside the body can support our work together relaxing the body and supporting you to process your feelings.
Throughout the session, we keep a safe and confidential environment for our work to evolve. Working together, building a reciprocal connection with nature, creatively working with the landscape, eco psychotherapy is a place to review and understand your experiences and support self-discovery and understanding.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND SUPPORT
I offer a confidential, non-judgmental and safe space for you to reflect on your life and support your journey to meaning. Supporting your freedom to change and imagine, I provide you with an opportunity to know and understand yourself better and become who you want to be.
Combining a range of psychotherapeutic theories with empathy and an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, I will listen, accept, explore and work creatively with you, your feelings and thoughts.
Working with words, metaphor, image and symbol, connecting mind and body, the work is moulded to meet the needs of the individual client. There is no compulsion to use the arts if you prefer talking therapy only.
IMPROVED AWARENESS AND CONFIDENCE
Psychotherapy and Art improve wellbeing, awareness, self-confidence and coping skills; it increases cognitive function and can reduce anxiety and depression.
Using the arts activates the imagination; it helps you to access your unconscious mind. The art can show you new possibilities and support your growth and healing, providing you with a chance to make conscious choices in your life. You do not need artistic ability or experience and sometimes entire sessions can use words alone.
Talking can support you to express yourself, sometimes, when words are not enough, the arts can help express many meanings at once. From a neurological perspective, working beyond words, with the creative process activates far more of our mental capacity.
Arts media available to use include: Paints, pastels, charcoal, pencils, clay and sculpture, sandtray, collage, postcards, poetry, drama, puppets, working with dreams, bodywork/movement and music.
— Art Psychotherapist is a professional title protected by law to ensure high standards of proficiency. HCPC registration -http://www.hcpcuk.org/assets/documents/100004fbstandards_of_proficiency_arts_therapists.pdf