There are a variety of reasons people might need professional services such as therapy and coaching. For example, leadership development and continued learning after a training program are key areas where coaching is done. Wanting to develop a career plan, build effective teams and improve performance, design and implement a strategic plan and hold the focus, improve time management, or wanting to develop any professional and interpersonal skill, build constructive relationships and create work life balance – all these are also valid reasons to consider coaching. Therapy, on the other hand, is required where there are resistant problematic patterns that need to be challenged in depth. Generally, therapy is focused on problems rooted in the past to restore health in the present, whereas coaching is action/solution-oriented, as well as both present and future-focused. Therapy takes someone from negative to zero or neutral.I need to change…
“I am stuck and can’t figure out how to get beyond where I am. I need to understand what is holding me back…Do I need a plan?”I have no idea what is happening…
“I don’t know what I want at all. I am feeling lost, confused. I know something has to change, but what? Where do I even start?”I want to improve…
“I feel I can do better…I have to work smarter, not harder, and I need my time to figure out how. I need feedback."I need inspiration …
“I need new ideas. I need to get out of the matrix. I need fresh air and open spaces. I need to see clearly the opportunities that are out there.”I want to improve my relationship …
“Something is not right between us. One of us has to initiate change. But where do I start? What is the first thing I have to do to make it better?”I don’t have much time…
“I’ve got everything I wanted in my life. But time is ticking away… And I still feel like something is missing. Something important!”I lost someone... "I am struggling to cope with the loss of someone important to me and feel lost and devastated. I do not know how to keep going." I feel like I am stuck in the past...
" I can't get over what happened to me..."I feel I am losing control... "Help!..."
Nature-based Therapy is a form of experiential therapy (eco-therapy) that incorporates one's relationship with the natural world into counselling interventions to enhance a client's growth and development, and strives towards the reciprocal healing of both humans and their larger ecological home. It involves intentional and mindful engagement with nature, such as spending time outdoors, gardening, or participating in eco-activities, to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Nature-based therapy recognizes the interconnectedness between nature and human beings, and utilizes the natural environment as a supportive and healing tool to enhance self-awareness, reduce stress, improve mood, and foster personal growth and resilience.
In simple words, nature based therapy is a therapy that is developed and delivered in closed relationship with nature in mind and is provided by a trained professional.
Some forms of ecotherapy or nature-based therapy include: Wilderness therapy, Adventure therapy, Forest-Bathing or Shinrin-yoku, Animal-assisted therapy or Zoo-therapy, Horticulture or Gardening therapy; Nature-Art therapy; Entheogen-Assisted or Psychedelic-Assisted therapy.
To determine if nature-based therapy is a good fit for you, you may want to consider the following factors:
Do you enjoy spending time in nature? Do you find it calming and rejuvenating? If so, nature-based therapy may be a good option for you.
Your mental health needs:
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues? Research suggests that spending time in nature can help alleviate some symptoms of these conditions.
Do you have access to nature? Are you physically able to participate in outdoor activities? Consider whether there are any barriers that may prevent you from engaging in nature-based therapy.
It's important to ensure that you engage in nature-based therapy in a safe and responsible way. Consider any safety risks that may be associated with the specific activities or environments involved in the therapy.
Working with a trained therapist like me, who specializes in nature-based therapy, can help ensure that you receive effective and appropriate treatment.
Ultimately, the decision to pursue nature-based therapy should be based on your individual needs, preferences, and circumstances, and should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional or therapist.
There is no simple answer as to whether indoor or outdoor therapy sessions are better. Both types of therapy have their advantages and disadvantages and may be more suitable for different individuals and situations. Indoor therapy sessions may provide a controlled and private environment for individuals who feel more comfortable discussing sensitive topics in a safe, enclosed space. Outdoor therapy sessions, on the other hand, may offer a unique and calming environment that promotes relaxation, reflection, and connection with nature. Ultimately, the choice between indoor or outdoor therapy sessions should depend on the individual's preferences, therapeutic goals, and the therapist's recommendations.
Absolutely! You can choose to have only to participate in both online and traditional indoor therapy sessions, having the flexibility to choose the format that best suits your needs and preferences. Online therapy sessions can be a convenient option for those who have busy schedules, live in remote areas, or prefer the privacy of therapy from the comfort of their own home. Traditional indoor therapy sessions, on the other hand, can offer a more structured experience and may be more suitable for those who prefer face-to-face interactions with a therapist, in a highly predictable environment. It's important to note that online therapy sessions may not be appropriate for everyone, particularly those who require more intensive treatment or have complex mental health issues. In these cases, traditional indoor therapy sessions may be the best option. It's important to discuss your specific needs and preferences in advance to determine which type of therapy is right for you.
You will have your emotions, thoughts and ideas clarified.
You will move closer towards your professional or life goals.
You will focus on yourself and all that has real importance to you.
You will find more excitement, inspiration and satisfaction in you life.
You will resolve past traumas or self-sabotaging patterns to enjoy a better life in the present.
Be 100 % responsible for the outcome. Set aside regular times for your sessions. If you do not, you might lose the momentum. Remember your time is precious. Do not waste it.
Signal me when something in the process is not working for you. I am here for you and welcome feedback.
Tell me what you want. Be prepare to give challenge yourself.
Get ready for your sessions. Take notes. Keep a journal. Use the self-help strategies and make the efforts to do your homework.
Wildcoaching adopts an integrative approach that draws from the latest research in Applied Neuroscience, Psychology and Psychotherapy. It stays focused on your personal uniqueness and specific needs.
Sure. Bringing a friend, partner or family member could be essential if your relationship with this person/s is something you would like to focus on during your sessions. It can be helpful to work in collaboration with your partner/s to resolve relationship difficulties or improve something in your shared lives. We can help you to uncover patterns in the relationship that may be contributing to maintaining a problem. Therapy can also provide you and your partner with a safe environment to explore and communicate feelings, as well as to negotiate or plan your future.
Not at all. The walks and the one-day hikes normally require nothing more complicated than a good backpack and your personal gear. A sleeping bag, a sleeping pad and a tent is pretty much enough for trips and retreats. Remember, you design your own outdoor experience and the level of comfort will be your decision.
Yes! There is no such a thing as best time for going outside, even if it is windy, rainy or muddy. If you are an outdoor extremist, and you can enjoy a session under the stars on a cup of tea beside the open fire after a six hour hike on a cold, snowy day in the mountain, that is fine. As long as it is safe and it helps you move closer to your growth objectives, almost everything is acceptable – be it a session in a self-made ice-igloo or in a five-star winter resort hotel.
Age does not matter at all! Just make sure to choose the difficulty level of your outdoor experience according your abilities and skills. Please keep in mind you are going for a personal growth or healing after all, not for an endurance test.
You might want to explore the links suggested in the Outdoor sessions section of this web-site or you could read the blog post Forest bathing in Montreal to start your research for suitable places. Or you can simply contact me to explore some options together. I am here to make it easier for you.
Medicare or its Quebec's equivalent, The Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) does not provide coverage for private therapy fees. Insurance receipts are available to those covered by extended health care plans. Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for my services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your insurance provider or HR office to clarify your coverage to see if psychotherapy and/or couple and family therapy are covered by your insurance plan and to verify how your plan compensates you for these services. In addition, my psychotherapy services might be claimed on your taxes as a healthcare expense. However, please consult with a tax professional or accountant for specific advice on claiming healthcare expenses on your taxes. My credentials: licensed Psychotherapist with the Order of Psychologists of Quebec, OPQ# 61932-20 and licensed Couple and Family Therapist with the Order of Social workers and Couple and Family therapists in Quebec, OTSTCFQ #TOMV20/12/030TCF
Counselling Therapists/Psychotherapists are specifically trained to deliver therapy. Yet they are the only regulated mental health professionals in Canada still required to charge GST/HST or as it called in Quebec - QST and GST. The removal of GST/HST on counselling therapy/psychotherapy would increase access to services, by reducing the financial burden on our healthcare system, our workplaces and our communities. You can help to exempt psychotherapy/counselling therapy from this tax here: https://www.taxfreetherapy.ca/
Yes. Please support your request with a proof of income such as Notice of Assessment, current bank statements, or a pay stub. Rest assured that I will securely delete or dispose of all financial information upon verification.
What sets apart conversing with a mental health professional from confiding in your closest friend or family?
Seeking the guidance of a professional can provide you with a fresh perspective on your situation, equip you with new skills, offer unbiased and non-judgmental listening, and help you gain a deeper understanding of your thoughts and feelings. Additionally, a professional guarantees complete confidentiality, eliminating the worry of your personal information being shared with others. On the other hand, relying on a friend or family member for emotional support may lead to avoidance of that person once you've healed, as a result of associating them with a difficult time in your life.
Wildcoaching is based on strict ethical, confidential, and professional business behaviors grounded by mutual respect and trust.
Also, mind that chronic psychiatric conditions could be best managed jointly with your qualified medical supervisor. It might be helpful to give your consent to collaborate with them to ensure your best interest.
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