Ecotherapy

Promoting growth and well-being through nature-based counseling

  • Counseling can be critical for working through tough times. The benefits of a caring, knowledgable counselor are increased when the therapy environment occurs in the great outdoors. 
  • Studies have shown that exposure to soil bacteria (mycobacterium vaccae) helps decrease anxiety, depression and increases learning.  This bacteria is found in most healthy garden soil.
  • A natural high can be achieved from harvesting food, similar to the high some people get from shopping. This is due to a release of dopamine that occurs when we gather food, a wired-in reaction from our days as hunter-gatherers. 

Nature helps balance the nervous system so the Ecotherapy participant is able to more deeply benefit from the counseling. Plus you learn about nature, growing food and get some sun on your skin in the process. 

Our one-on-one and group counseling sessions address anxiety, depression, fear and general imbalances in the mind/body. Sessions are customized for the individual and involve tending the garden, trail walks, food foraging and more. 

To find out if Ecotherapy could be right for you, email healingecosytems@gmail.com to set up a free consultation.