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Ecotherapy

Dr Elisa Cunial Trotta DCounsPsy, CPsychol, BPS, BACP and HCPC reg

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist offering individual ecotherapy (or ecopsychotherapy) sessions in English, Italian and French.

I aim to help clients approach their concerns with clarity and insight in order to create new tools and strategies to move forward.

Ecopsychotherapy can be of great help for the following issues:

  • Grief and bereavement
  • Depression (including post-natal depression)
  • Relationships
  • Stress and burnout
  • Low self-esteeem
  • Chronic and life-threatening illness
  • Ecological anxiety
  • Creativity issues
  • Midlife crisis

Walk your talk

Ecopsychotherapy is an emergent field in the helping professions and is based on ideas developed by ecopsychologists since the 90s. It considers the relationship between human beings and the natural world and is based on the belief that we are not separated from our environment. The way we understand, process and integrate our experiences in life is ultimately connected to our being part of a web of life that is larger than ourselves. Also, Nature is viewed as a source for emotional support and as an enabler of mindful interactions within ourselves and the world around us. The way we interact in and with Nature might be a powerful metaphorical representation of what we feel, think or do in our own life. Research has shown how interpersonal relationships and emotional wellbeing is greatly improved by connecting to Nature. Since 2018, Scottish GPs in the NHS have successfully introduced 'Nature prescriptions' for chronic and debilitating conditions, such as mental illness, diabetes, heart disease, stress and other conditions.

What is ecopsychotherapy?

Ecopsychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that happens in Nature, and that is supported by Nature itself. By immersing yourself in a natural environment, you will experience (or re-experience) being part of a reality that stimulates your mind, as well as your senses and your experience of embodiment. The outdoor space and what you encounter will become an active part of the therapeutic process..

Who is it for?

Everybody can find benefits from ecopsychotherapy sessions. Outdoor sessions can be especially beneficial for people who:

  • are bereaved or grieving
  • find it difficult to sit and concentrate in an enclosed environment
  • find it challenging to maintain eye contact or talk to people face-to-face
  • suffer from depression and isolation
  • spend the majority of their life indoors and feel disconnected from Nature
  • struggle to find their creative side
  • like walking and moving

How does it work?

We will have an initial session indoors, where we will discuss and assess your intentions and motivations for ecopsychotherapy. Then, we will continue further sessions outdoors.

You can walk, sit or stand while we talk or choose to be silent. Also, you will be able to choose the direction you want to take, or if you prefer I can guide you. Each session will start and end at the same place, which will be agreed during your initial session.

Apart from the initial session (which is generally a bit longer), sessions last 50 min.

Nature and the other-than-human world will allow you to consider your emotions, your physical body and your senses from a larger and different perspective. It is not unusual to feel that Nature 'leads you' at times, and in that sense, Nature will be part of our therapeutic relationship.

How is it different from indoor sessions?

A number of elements are different during sessions outdoors:

  • you will be surrounded by an open space, where there are no walls
  • you will experience and relate to a surrounding that is alive and changing, and that can be unpredictable (variable weather conditions, the changing seasons, other people or animals sharing the space or interrupting)
  • your will need clothing appropriate to the weather and comfortable shoes
  • you will need to be able to navigate a landscape where there might be moderately mild slopes, slippery terrain or obstacles such as protruding roots, branches, etc.
  • you might encounter people that you (or I) know
  • what we encounter outdoors might influence the session, making Nature a co-participant in the therapeutic process

During your initial session (which will be held indoors), we will discuss and explore any question and concern you might have. In particular, we will agree on how to handle confidentiality in an outdoor context.

If you are considering ecopsychotherapy sessions, you might want to think about how you feel regarding the unpredictability of certain elements, such as the weather, other people sharing the space, and the lack of an enclosed and controlled environment. We will discuss these aspects together before committing to outdoor work.

Do I always have to do my sessions outdoors?

Generally yes, and sessions are held in all weather (except when there are strong winds/storms, and the session will be rescheduled). We will regularly review our work together and if there are valid reasons to move sessions indoors, we can arrange to do so.

Where are sessions held?

Ecopsychotherapy sessions take place in Wimbledon and Putney Commons (SW19 5NR). We will always start and end the session at the same place, which is near the Windmill (more detailed directions will be given during your initial session). Please notice that the initial session will be held indoors.

For further information or to make an appointment, please contact reception on
020 8545 0965 or visit www.room4self-psychotherapy.com or call direct on 07833 428 401.

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Dr Elisa Cunial Trotta

Fees

Initial phone assessment and first session (indoors):
£75 for 15 min phone assessment + 60-70 min session

Regular sessions afterwards (outdoors): £65 for 50 min session

Please notice that I have a 48 hours cancellation policy.