Is going out always “going in”? Exploring when and how physical activity in nature can enhance the experiential qualities of the therapeutic process.

von Lynn Van Hoof


We know that nature can have healing effects on people. But when and with whom is it advised to leave our therapy room and to go outside? When can being or moving outside also shift something therapeutically? Or when do we walk past all that is important when walking with clients? When can being outside actually help clients to turn inside?

These are questions I will carefully try to find answers to. The aim of the article is to create a better understanding of the complexity of walking and standing still and to dig deeper into what signals our clients provide us with, that tell us when physical activities or other experiments are actually helpful.

Keywords: Adventure Therapy, Walk and Talk therapy, Outdoor Therapy, Experiments in therapy, Therapeutic process

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