Outdoor Therapy

Outdoor Therapy

Outdoor therapy can be conducted in many various ways. Her House has many therapeutic avenues that we use to help women recover from substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Nature can be a powerful source throughout the healing process. The benefits of Vitamin D alone are outstanding. Vitamin D has been known to be a natural antidepressant. Women who are in the beginning stages of recovery from addiction can often feel the effects of depression. A healthy dose of natural light can fight against this.

Addiction and mental health disorders can feel like a dark prison. We aim to bring love and light into your lives and therapy outdoors is one way we can achieve this goal.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Types of Therapy Commonly Used Outdoors

Group Therapy – group therapy is the process of recovery and addiction education while working to build relationships with other women. The group facilitator sometimes has a topic of interest to educate the group. Other times, the group will begin without a specific topic. The goal is the same – connection. We believe connecting with other women is a key factor in the recovery process. Women relating and helping one another is a powerful force, just like nature!

Individual Sessions – Your counselor could decide to move your individual session from the traditional office setting to a safe, secure, and confidential area outside. The atmosphere outside can bring a calming ambiance to the therapeutic relationship.

Active Therapy – This type of therapy combines movement with therapy. This could be playing outdoor games, yoga, or exercise & dance workshops. Moving releases the natural “feel good” emotions that can be hard to access for those who suffer from addiction and/or mental health issues.

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ``This is what it is to be happy.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Here are some benefits that are potentially received when women engage in outdoor therapy.

  • Restoration of mental health
  • Improved functioning
  • Reduction of stress
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Feeling a sense of “belonging”
  • Connection with nature, self, and others
  • Increased awareness
  • Feeling open
  • Personal growth
  • Self-confidence gained

We tell children to play outside all of the time. We do this because we instinctively know that play time outside serves them well. Exercise, using imagination, and learning are all results from playing outside.

We want you to reap the benefits of being outside as an adult. This is why we have incorporated outdoor therapy as one of our many strategic approaches of therapy to help better your life.

Her House Rehab believes in taking a holistic approach to treating women with drug abuse and mental health disorders. A holistic view means that we treat every lady on a “whole” level. We take the time to help you address every one of these areas and more! We want you to return home in the best condition possible. Our goal is your continued recovery after discharge. We take every measure to ensure that you have the best chance of success for long-term recovery.

If you are concerned about drinking, drugging, and or mental health problem, call Her House today and speak to someone on our compassionate staff. There is hope and help available at Her House!


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