The natural world offers much in the way of healing, from a quieter place to reconnect with feelings, to a guide for experiencing the seasons of life, and a chance to observe and relate to wildlife, the landscape, and natural phenomena. Experiencing nature and exploring ways to care for nature can both be great sources of healing and meaning. I am certified in ecopsychology, an approach that combines ecology and psychology to consider how human wellbeing and the health of the natural world fit together. I invite clients to discuss their experiences with nature whenever it is meaningful for them to do so. In the future, I hope to offer therapy in the outdoors.
I also offer clients support in mindful eating, a way to reconnect with the body, food and the natural world with the goal of improved wellbeing. Please see the section below on mindful eating for more information.
Part of incorporating nature in therapy can be a focus on food, eating, and ingredients as a healthy source of connection to self and the natural world. I am available to work with clients in exploring the meaning of food to them and helping apply concepts of mindful awareness to the experiences of growing or selecting food, cooking, and eating. This can be a way to help reconnect the body and sensations, and also to tap into the natural world in a more vibrant way.
Slowing down, savoring flavors, smells and textures, and enjoying the sensory experience of food can help slow down tendencies towards stress eating in which a person is less aware of what they take in. If eating tends to be emotionally motivated, spending time in a mindfulness meditation or reflection related to a food or ingredient can be grounding and enjoyable, a helpful counterweight to anxiety.
Food can evoke emotions and memories related to people, places, and experiences, and relationship to the body. Exploring these responses can be helpful for gaining insight and new understandings of self. I invite clients to let me know if they would like to learn more about mindful approaches to a relationship with food.