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Ecotherapy is a union between the ideas of ecopsychology and psychotherapy. Fundamental to ecotherapy is our connection to the natural world and the environment we live within. Ecotherapy uses a range of practices in order to help us connect with nature and ultimately with our ‘inner’ nature. Personal distress can be alleviated by developing the mutual connection between inside and outside. Through learning to care for the natural environment we learn to care for and nurture ourselves. Ecotherapy is about personal healing and healing for the earth.

Ecopsychology focuses on our connection with the natural environment. In traditional psychology, the ‘psyche’ is considered in isolation from its natural environment. Ecopsychologists see this split between mind and nature as being at the heart of our current ecological crisis.

‘Understanding one’s existence as such is always an understanding of the world’

Martin Heidegger

Psychotherapy aims to help individuals understand and create meaning from emotional and psychological difficulties they are experiencing. Ecotherapy, utilising psychotherapeutic principles, forms a relationship to the natural world in order to enable us to make sense of our inner emotions and life experiences. Spending time in nature provides the space for inward reflection and the potential for transformation as we become conscious of our interconnectivity with the world around us. How we encounter and interpret the natural world creates a personal narrative that gives meaning to our experiences and emotions. We may feel depressed, anxious, lost and alone, overwhelmed by our thoughts and feelings and unable to draw upon previous ways of coping. Psychotherapy in combination with the natural environment allows us to develop new ways of understanding ourselves and feeling fully integrated in our lives.


Training courses 2014

Taking Therapy Outside

Saturdays - 4th October, 15th November 2014

Centre for Ecotherapy, Stanmer Park, Brighton. 10-1pm Cost: £60 (this is for both workshops which need to be booked together)

Two half day workshops – supporting therapists in taking their therapeutic practice outdoors

Time will be given over to exploring ourselves in relation to the natural world. We will explore experiential processes such as participation and projection in nature, taking time to reflect upon our experiences. We will then do skills work to develop an understanding of taking our therapeutic work outside of a room environment, considering issues around the therapeutic frame, boundaries and also the therapist-client-nature relationship.

These workshops will be suitable for those interested in an introduction to taking their therapeutic work outdoors and how they might be able to use this in their therapeutic work with clients.

The workshop will be led by Martin Jordan, Psychotherapist and Counselling Psychologist with a special interest in working therapeutically in natural settings.

Tea and coffee provided.

Tel. Martin Jordan 07876 716700

Email: martinjordan@ecotherapy.org.uk

Web: www.ecotherapy.org.uk

Taking therapy outside - on going support for therapists in developing nature based therapy practice

11th – 14th September 2014

This course is now fully booked with a waiting list but please add you name to mailing list (see bottom of webpage) and we will be running 2 courses next year.

Powder Mill Woods, Battle, East Sussex

This weekend will be suitable for therapy professionals such as counsellors, psychotherapists, arts therapists, psychologists who want to explore the potential for their work in moving into an outdoor, natural space.

On this course we will focus on exploring your personal relationship with the natural world as a foundation for developing an underpinning therapeutic rationale. Participants will gain insight into the needs of clients in moving into working in natural settings.

We will also begin to explore the challenge of holding a therapeutic frame in an outdoor natural space as well as the therapeutic processes that come into play. This will include working with metaphor, embodiment, and the four directions of self in nature, and aesthetic connections. This learning will be applied through skills work to further your understanding of working with clients in a natural setting.

The course will involve a mixture of experiential work, attending to group process, skills work, teaching input and group discussion.

Location

We have a beautiful woodland venue at Powdermill woods near Battle in East Sussex. This venue is accessible by public transport. The weekend will be self-catering with shared meals where possible.

You are free to stay off site in local B and B’s. However, this may detract from the complete experience and personal learning that can be gained from an extended period in an outdoor setting as part of a group.

Cost:

For 4 day course - £295

Deposit - £95 is payable on booking, other payments can be made in instalments

Places are limited to 12, and subject to short telephone or Skype interview to discuss your interests and training background.

Course Leaders:

The course will be facilitated by Martin Jordan, CPsychol, UKCP registered psychotherapist and counselling psychologist, and course leader for the PG Dip in Psychodynamic Counselling at Brighton University;

and

Hayley Marshall BA Hons MSc CTA PTSTA UKCP registered psychotherapist and trainer at the South Manchester Centre for Psychotherapy.

For enquiries about all aspects of the course and booking please Email: martinjordan@ecotherapy.org.uk or call on 07876 716700

(I also offer 1-1 support/supervision for therapists and others interested in developing their outdoor practice, this can be done over Skype and online)

Workshop Content

Extensive training/support for qualified therapists interested in taking their therapeutic work outdoors into nature - Therapeutic Processes in Nature - this course will explore therapeutic approaches to working with clients in natural settings, looking at therapeutic process through personal experience, skills work to develop competency and confidence and case discussion around outdoor work, helping you to begin to make the shift outdoors

Dates

Fridays 6-8pm,

7th March, 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June, 4th July

Location

Stanmer Park/woods, Brighton, East Sussex (accessible by public transport)

The workshop is aimed at

Therapists interested in ecotherapy and the therapeutic potential of being in nature. There will be opportunities on both a personal and professional level to understand how nature can be of benefit to ourselves and the people we work with.

Cost

£25 per session £115 if booked all together

Martin Jordan is a senior lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Brighton. A Psychotherapist and Counselling Psychologist

How to Book

Contact:

Martin Jordan tel: 07876716700

Email: martinjordan@ecotherapy.org.uk

Web: www.ecotherapy.org.uk