Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
The world offers itself to your imagination,
Calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
Over and over announcing your place
In the family of things.
Living a busy, urban life means that our contact with the natural world is limited. Ecopsychology begins with the premise that our disconnection from nature – and our abuse of the environment – contribute to the chronic stress and mental illness of modern life. The human animal evolved as part of the natural world, after all, but we don’t live as if this were true. Reconnecting with nature, therefore, may help us to regulate the nervous system, heal from trauma, strengthen relationships, and find greater balance in our lives.
Getting outdoors can help us to slow down, relax, consider new perspectives, and get in touch with what matters most. I offer outdoor therapy sessions for individuals, couples, and groups throughout the East Bay Regional Park system. Before meeting outdoors, we meet in my SF or Oakland office for a few sessions to get to know each other, clarify how ecotherapy could be helpful for you, and make a safe transition outside. Check out the posts below to hear some more of my thoughts on the relationship between nature and psychotherapy.