What is ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy is the application of ecopsychology. Ecopsychology is an approach to wellness that highlights the idea that people have a deep connection to their environment and to the Earth itself. When we fail to nurture this connection it has detrimental effects on our well-being, particularly, our mental health, and the planet’s well-being. Ecotherapy is the action of engaging in activities to foster this connection to Earth. When we foster our connection to the Earth we not only embark on a personal healing journey but we simultaneously make space for ecological healing, too.


Is ecotherapy, therapy?

While I am a therapist and often incorporate ecotherapy activities in my practice, ecotherapy groups are not therapy. Though, time spent in nature does feel therapeutic! In an ecotherapy group, nature becomes the therapist and I am simply the facilitator. Also, Eco-Mindfulness is a term I use interchangeably with ecotherapy. Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment with as little judgement as possible.  The term Eco-mindfulness captures the purposeful, non-judgmental, naturally supportive, and gentle welcoming of our ecosystems which help us foster a sense of mindfulness and bring attention to the intersections of our inner and outer worlds. 


What happens in an ecotherapy session?

Each ecotherapy session is slightly different. As nature changes each day and the composition and needs of each group are unique, the experiences and activities of an ecotherapy session change accordingly. However, most times participants can expect a restorative and meditative walk. Participants will be guided through exercises designed to help them develop a closer relationship to nature and immerse themselves in the benefits of the outdoors. Exercises may include sensory-based practices, breathwork, meditation, journal prompts, movement, storytelling and group discussion!


What are the benefits of ecotherapy?

Engaging in ecotherapy has widespread benefits for both the planet and people. Current research indicates that spending meaningful and intentional time with nature may have regenerative emotional and mental effects, improve mood and ease anxiety, stress, and depression. Additionally, stress reduction through contact with nature has physiological benefits which may include lowered blood pressure and an increased immune response. Lastly, when we take time to connect with nature and develop a relationship with it we become more invested in our planet’s overall health and wellness.

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    Testimonials for Ecotherapy:

    Ryan M.

    Jessica Morgan is a thoughtful and talented facilitator. Her ecotherapy sessions are immersive, effective and rewarding. Through creative exercises she helps cultivate a deep sense of mindfulness and connectivity with the natural world. If you’re looking into centering yourself, learn how to be more present in your daily life, and connect with Long island’s beautiful ecosystems, I could not recommend Jessica’s sessions more. 


    Bridget F.

    Ecotherapy with Jessica Morgan is transformative, both on its own, and as a wonderful complement to my regular individual therapy. Through her dynamic style of facilitation, I’ve begun relating to myself and my daily challenges in a kinder, clear, and calmer way. I’m so grateful that I’ve opened myself to Jessica’s compassionate nature-based methods and, to her overwhelming compassion for her clients. 


    Elly C.

    Ecotherapy can be for anyone! A welcome change of pace from my every day life, Ecotherapy let me reconnect with myself and be present for the moment. With Jessica as your guide, it is easy to let go and coexist with nature, as her nonjudgemental and creative approach eases you into each activity. If you’re looking to realign yourself, feeling like you need a break or even just to try something new, I sincerely recommend ecotherapy sessions with Jessica!