Moving beyond counselling and psychotherapy as it currently is – taking therapy outside

Martin Jordan

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Abstract

Research was undertaken by the author in order to describe, interpret and explain what happens when counsellors and psychotherapists who have been trained to work indoors with their therapy clients take their therapy practice into outdoor natural spaces. A central research question addressed ‘What happens when counsellors and psychotherapists, who have been trained to work indoors with their therapy clients, take their therapy practice in to outdoor natural spaces?’ Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with therapists who practised outdoors. Three dominant themes emerged critiquing aspects of current counselling and psychotherapy practice. These were related to the unfolding ecological crisis, the context of the work and moving beyond current conceptions of distress and the role of therapy in addressing this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-375
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • counselling and psychotherapy
  • outdoors
  • ecopsychology
  • ecotherapy
  • ecology

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