Nature-Based Counselling

My Therapeutic Style 

I am a trained and experiences ecopsychologist. Ecopyschology acts as a bridge between the fields of ecology and psychology to address the psychological roots of the ecological and human crises that civilization is experiencing.  Fundamental to ecopsychology is our connection to the natural world. 

My therapeutic nature-based counselling practice encourages a relationship with the natural world to help make sense of inner emotions and life experiences. Spending time in nature fosters awareness and interconnection to  the world around us, providing the space for inward reflection and the potential for transformation. How we encounter and interpret the natural world creates a personal narrative that gives meaning to experiences and emotions allowing us to develop new ways of understanding ourselves and feeling fully integrated in our lives. Through connection with the natural world, we ultimately become connected to our ‘inner’ nature. Personal distress can be alleviated by developing the mutual connection between inside and outside.

The process of change I foster involves restoring balance to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions, reconnecting to the Earth, and adopting life-long practices that help incorporate new behaviour and thought patterns into a congruent way of life. By recognizing that we are part of a larger whole and ultimately not separate and that the whole is intrinsically healthy, I view psychotherapy and counseling practice as the whole acting to know and heal itself. My work as guide is to help reveal and cultivate the health and sanity which is already there rather than manipulate or modify sick people to be better adjusted. This requires a focus on healing through a process of wholeing (recognizing the wholeness that already exists within), rather than healing or fixing a problem by eliminating it; wholeness-centered (holistic) instead of pathology-centered

I work with a range of practices including mindfulness and awareness, experiential activities, direct contact with nature, narrative therapy, environmental action, journaling, ritual, ceremony, and play. 

How does ecotherapy differ from psychotherapy? Psychotherapy aims to help individuals understand and create meaning from emotional and psychological difficulties they are experiencing. An ecotherapist does the same while consciously valuing and including aspects of nature and one's relationship with the physical world as vital aspects of therapy. Sessions with clients may take place in natural spaces instead of within the four walls of an office. 

Ecotherapy is an integrative theory that focuses on non-duality, compassion, awareness, mindfulness, and the integration of these characteristics into who we are as humans, resulting in the transformation of individuals and society. The integrative qualities of ecotherapy and its applications allow it to approach healing from a holistic point of view, accessible to people of different cultures and spiritual backgrounds.

What does an individual session look like? In my work, I do 1 or 1.5 hour sessions at my home office in the Sayward Valley, on 40 acres of private property bordering the Salmon River. A combination of office work and/or outdoor sessions are available to suit the client’s needs. Sessions are offered on a one time basis, in series of 4 - 8 times, or through ongoing work. Sessions are designed for your individual needs.

Each session begins with making a conscious shift from our daily world pacing to a more present awareness of self and the natural environment. We do this with shifts in breath, practices of gratitude and mindfulness, and sensory awareness practies. A theme of the day usually evolves which is explored through nature connection, walking or movement meditation, stillness, or directed questions and discussion. From time-to-time, I may assign work for you to complete independently before our next session. 

I view personal growth as a life-long practice and am able to support you in cultivating awareness of your unique gifts and how to share them with the world.The atmosphere I create is non-judgmental, safe, calm, inspirational, and focused.

What Ecotherapy Can Help With

  •       Stress relief, or ways to slow down and find your natural rhythm
  •       Nature deficit disorder
  •       Anxiety and depression
  •       Self esteem and self awareness issues
  •       Grief and loss
  •       Life transitions
  •       Finding your true path in life
  •       Reconnecting with life
  •       A hesitancy to be outside alone
  •      The blues or depression
  •       Environmental activists looking to be inspired and nourished
  •       Artists and creative folks looking for a “natural muse”
  •       People who work from home and would like a re-centering for the day
  •       People who need rejuvenating time for themselves


Fees and Payment

Individual sessions: 

  • 1 hour session: $80.00 per hour
  • Prepay 4 one hour session package: $304.00
  • Prepay 8 one hour session package: $576.00

Sessions via Skype or Google Hangouts are an option only after we have met in person.

All prices are for a 1-hour session, unless we have negotiated a different sliding scale fee. Longer sessions can be accommodated at the per hour rate. 

Fees are payable by cash, cheque or email money transfer before the start of each session. If you need to cancel or change an appointment, I require 24 hours notice. Session fees will be charged for missed appointments and late cancellations, unless we are able to reschedule for another time the same week (I cannot guarantee my availability, however). 

If you are interested in participating in a nature-based counselling or coaching session in Sayward, feel free to contact me and schedule an appointment. If you want the opportunity to see if you feel comfortable working with me, I offer a free 20 minute introductory meeting by phone or in person  I am currently accepting clients.

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Dragonfly Healing's Sayward office is located at beautiful Ravenwood Forest Camp located on 40 private acres bordering the crystal clear waters of the Salmon River in the Sayward Valley. The land features majestic old-growth forest, grassy meadows, and many species of edible, medicinal, and culturally significant plants. Visitors are graced with regular visits from a local herd of Roosevelt Elk, and the annual salmon run draws in wildlife of all kinds, including black bears and bald eagles.

Facilities include a 1,500 square foot lodge with full kitchen, a traditional sweat lodge, a cabin and prospector-style wall tents for shared accommodation, and hot showers. Electricity, phone, and internet service are also 

Click Here for information on how to get to Ravenwood.