Nature and Therapy: Understanding counselling and psychotherapy in outdoor spaces Paperback – 18 Sep 2014
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"At last, a book that brings together the disparate strands of knowledge and practice related to ecopsychology, ecotherapy and wider perspectives on nature and therapy. Martin Jordan helps the reader understand sometimes complex fields in a clear and accessible way; most importantly this book offers help in moving beyond theory into ‘how’ we might more fully engage with nature in therapeutic practice." – Professor Martin Milton, Regents University London
"This is a very readable, concise and comprehensive guide to therapy in outdoor, natural spaces. It is well researched and well referenced. (…)This is, in my view, an invaluable guide to this field for psychotherapists who like the idea of taking psychotherapy outdoors, developing their ecological self or working with nature as a co-therapist." – Charles Gordon-Graham, Therapy Today, February 2015
"In Nature and Therapy: Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy in Outdoor Spaces, Martin Jordan provides readers with a theoretically grounded and impressively practical primer on nature-based psychotherapeutic approaches that is engaging and useful for students, researchers, and mental health practitioners, regardless of experience level. In the process, he builds much-needed momentum, coherence, and legitimacy for this field. [...] A particular strength of the book is the way in which Jordan situates the nature-based therapeutic approach in the context of other psychological theory and methods that emphasize relationality, attachment, and interdependence. [...] The emphasis on vitalism and geophilosophy early in the book is an invigorating and novel contribution to what I view as a truly perennial ecopsychological philosophy, resounding through the prose of other leading scholars [...] In summary, Nature and Therapy is inspiring and relevant reading for a wide variety of audiences." - Christopher Wolsko, PsycCRITIQUES
About the Author
Martin Jordan is a chartered counselling psychologist, UKCP registered psychotherapist and counsellor. He is also a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy and course leader for the postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic counselling at the University of Brighton, UK.
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From the evidence base for the healing potential of nature through to the practical aspects of taking clients outdoors, Nature and Therapy gives accessible and evidence-based insights.
While there is an increasing body of writing on ecotherapy, this is the first book I've encountered which is so grounded in actual practice. The vignettes and case study both from the author and other practitioners bring to life the real questions, concerns and learning that practitioners are discovering as part of this relatively new field.
In particular I found the chapters on the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic process very helpful in thinking about my own work as a counsellor looking to work outdoors. The practice issues are a must read if you are thinking of going outdoors as they raise questions that you are bound to have around such things as boundaries, time keeping, confidentiality, physical comfort and safety as well as psychological safety in moving to outdoor settings.
I also appreciated the final chapter on your own relationship with nature. The exercises for self reflection could easily be adapted for client work too as well as deepening your own understanding and reflection on your relationship with nature.