personal healing and healing for the earth
HomeEcotherapy 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’
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 - on going support for therapists in developing nature based therapy practice
11th – 14th September 2014
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.
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.
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.
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;
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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
7th March, 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June, 4th July
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.
£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
Martin Jordan tel: 07876716700