Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~John Muir
Ecotherapy refers to the healing and growth individuals experience through contact with the earth through nature-based programs and clinical interventions designed to provide a different way of creating insight and understanding. A growing body of research highlights the positive benefits of connecting with nature including reducing stress, depression and other mental health issues, providing ways for trauma survivors to feel grounded, and improving one’s overall mood and sense of connectedness.
Valerie provides individual ecotherapy sessions for adolescents and adults and small group experiences for women. She also develops and leads regular hikes for women through the Women on the Trail Meet Up group she manages.