My counseling practice, WildSense Therapy, is dedicated to helping people reconnect with nature and with themselves by bringing therapy outdoors. I use nature in my work as a way to help resource and ground my clients as well as help them to reconnect with the wild and authentic self. I specialize in working with adults struggling through trauma, anxiety, and low self esteem and have found that bringing nature into my work has provided a calming and safe space to release emotions and feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. No matter what is bringing a client to therapy, we can find a sense of belonging and connection through the fact that we are a part of this greater landscape.
Nature has always been a place of deep healing for me and has been where I feel most connected to myself and my emotional experience. It was a dream of mine to use nature in my work with clients after so many healing outdoor experiences of my own and I have found that when trauma therapy is brought outdoors it gives us a nurturing guide to assist in turning within without judgement or distraction. I have always held a belief that we live in relationship not just with other people, but with the landscape that surrounds our lives.
Nature-based work within my practice does not require clients to be outdoorsy, or to meet any specific level of physical activity. Each session can look different depending on what my client's body and mind need in the moment. We may meet on a trail, at a park, or open space and from there we will either walk and talk or find a sit spot in nature to deepen our curiosity and guide our journey of exploration. Building relationship with the nature that surrounds us, even our backyards, is such an important aspect of mental health overall and I feel so grateful to share this perspective with my clients.