At Treloar’s, we are really excited to be able to offer our students eco-therapy with Fiona Cam. This has a number of benefits particularly for students with sensory sensitivities and those on the autistic spectrum. Fiona works psychotherapeutically in our beautiful outdoor surroundings to reduce sensory overload, whilst supporting the student to work through any issues which may be impacting on their emotional, social and psychological well being.
‘Ecotherapy means ‘restoring wellbeing through contact with nature’. From the feeling of awe that comes with gazing at an amazing sunset, to the tired happiness we see in children at the end of a long day’s play on the beach, to the sense that mulling over a problem while taking a walk can be helpful: these are examples of the beneficial effects of nature.’ (Virginia Sherborne MBACP (Accred.), listed counsellor/therapist 6th June, 2010)
‘Many health care researchers and practitioners say that ecotherapy (also known as green therapy, nature therapy, and earth-centered therapy) — a term coined by pastoral counselor Howard Clinebell in his 1996 book of the same name — can have regenerative powers, improving mood and easing anxiety, stress, and depression.
But that’s not all. Health care providers are also giving their patients “nature prescriptions” to help treat a variety of medical conditions, from post-cancer fatigue to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.