The healing effects of nature – why go outdoors?
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The healing effects of nature – why go outdoors? book
This chapter focuses on the nature, which is a vital, relational, unfolding dynamic process. Nature works at a care material, essential to life, but it also has powerful psychological properties, in terms of the effects it has on human consciousness and well-being. It is fundamentally something that we are in relationship with on a spectrum of connection to disconnection. The chapter explores how these different levels work therapeutically, beginning to outline a multifaceted working model. It outlines three levels of working therapeutically within a natural setting and then goes on to explore these in more depth, describing specific therapeutic activities and processes that come into play at these different levels. These are the concepts of participation, projection and finally personal/transpersonal processes in nature. The chapter explores how projective processes, in particular the use of arts and metaphors, can be utilised to explore therapeutic material when conducting therapy outdoors.