Nature Allied Psychotherapy is a modality of ongoing client work, in allegiance with nature.
Taking place in natural settings, in addition to exploring our human relationships, Nature Allied Psychotherapy creates the opportunity to explore our relationship with nature.
Neuroscience is now proving what many of us know through experience; that being in nature makes us feel good. It has quantifiable health promoting characteristics, reducing depression, anxiety, rumination and stress whilst enhancing our mood, focus, meditative feelings and triggering the area of brain associated with empathy and love.
Nature is able to offer the core conditions of a primary care giver and therefore positive attachment, being truly a mother; creating the therapeutic potential for the process to support clients in developing secure attachments with both people and nature.
Nature is a ‘significant other’ in our lives, just like our family and friends – the state of our relationship with nature will affect our sense of well-being just as the type of relationship we have with parents, siblings and colleagues will too.
Within the therapeutic encounter nature can be experienced in many ways; as a location, an intervention, a co-counsellor, a dynamic container, a secure base, a therapist, a supervisor and primary source of attachment. Nature provides a rich and dynamic presence which can animate and actualise established orientations traditionally practised indoors, allowing the therapeutic process to move from exploring in the abstract to applying the fullness of the philosophy in the real.
During sessions nature becomes part of our therapeutic relationship. Nature is used as a medium for emotional exploration and as a metaphor for our inner world in an applied way; our senses our engaged and we can work with an embodied experience of nature as something to relate with, something we are both in and part of. It offers therapy in the real world, here and now.
Nature Allied Psychotherapy introduces nature as a source of emotional support which can continue long after sessions with the human therapist have finished.