ECOTHERAPY « A Psychotherapeutic* care in and with Nature »
In-person and/or Online Sessions
We enter in a crisis when our lifestyle, our habits or our way of perceiving the world need a pro-active change from us in order to adapt to a new situation or to overcome old patterns that prevent us from evolving and any change, though inherent to life.
Ecotherapy: Why consult?
We all face throughout our lives challenges to take up that appear to each of us in a unique form according to who we are. Sometimes, the situation we are facing, individually or collectively (as for example, the Covid crisis), seems to overwhelm us. We may feel overwhelmed, distressed, or that we can’t see clearly, all seems uncertain, dangerous, or else hopeless. In short, it’s crisis.
« Symptoms » of this can take a different shape according to the person: depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, stress or permanent tension, loss of meaning, fear, confusion, lack of energy, loss of vitality, feeling of disorientation, etc…
These symptoms can be seen as a sign of « illness » (we are « sick », or « crazy »), of which we’d be powerless victims. Or, as it is the case here in the framework of this care, they can be interpreted as signals, indicators warning us that we are going through an « evolution crisis ». By adopting this perspective, we become more aware, and therefore we can position ourselves as actors of our lives and choose to retake actively control starting from what is, here and now. Symptoms cease to be suffering when we accept to listen to them and to decipher the informations they contain, showing us the way to move forward and get out of the crisis. They show us that the time has come for us to change to find a new point of balance in our life and get back to health.
The dominant lifestyle in our society encourages us to permanency, repetition and stability, and therefore it becomes easy for each of us, caught up in the routine of our everyday lives, to forget that life is change, impermanency and adaptation, and to be out of our depth or to feel unsettled when an event (in our inside or our environment) comes to shake our balance up. However, as living beings, we all carry inside us this ability for change.
Recognizing and accepting that life is change, and choosing to learn to live each of its movements is a first decision that marks the intention and the will to overcome our personal crisis in order to be better one day.
It can be useful in this moment to ask for help, and to accept or to allow oneself to have an external support because there’s no « smaller » or « less important » sufferings than others.
Special features of Ecotherapy
Unlike other classical Psychotherapy, Ecotherapy counts not two but three principal actors: the client, the therapist, and Nature. Here, Nature is not only the frame where sessions unfold, she is also considered as a person that can provide her own point of view and her help, in synergy with the therapist. Sessions can alternate walking times, meditation, contemplation, reflection, or any other activity that the therapist might consider appropriated to this moment. If the weather doesn’t allow outside sessions, the bond with Nature is still present (for example, through several tools of Art-Therapy).
It’s by cultivating throughout the sessions this link to Nature and Life that we find in and around us the solutions to our difficulties and the resources to move ahead. If the client isn’t familiar and not inclined to communicate with Nature and co-ceate with Her, then it is the role of the therapist to support the reconexion and in parallel, to make the connection between the two to encourage the dialogue, himself being in a different work setting that accentuates his listening, creativity and receptivity.
Contrary to popular opinion that Ecoptherapy would be only destined to people suffering directly or indirectly from climate crisis (eco-anxiety, solastalgy, etc…), even if it helps people with this specific request (see specifically the Work That Reconnects workshops from Joana Macy), it is aimed to every person who encounters difficulties in her life and feels the need for help from the outside.
Ecotherapy remains a form of psycho-therapeutic care among others. The difference lies in the point of view that is adopted when helping people: considering them not only as isolated individuals but also as living beings, part of a wider ecosystem within which they develop by acting and being acted by their surroundings and environment. Whom encompasses at the same time human beings around them, and the non-human whole, animals, plants, elements of Nature, etc…
- In-person in Meschers-Sur-Gironde/St-Georges-De-Didonne area (17, SouthWest of France)
- Online with an at distance monitoring and exercises to do at home and/or near your lively place between the sessions
The first session is destined to get to know each other, try this form of therapy, and define together the support offering: approximated number of sessions (this number can be adjusted at any time), frequency, work theme