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A free counselling service for young people and adults combining the benefits of spending time in nature and professional therapy.

海角社区鈥檚 Outdoor Therapy service

The service aims听迟辞听support people by combining the听full range of听产别苍别蹿颈迟蝉听from听迟颈尘别in nature and the听outdoors听with professional therapy听to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Outdoor听Therapy is delivered in urban outdoor and green听spaces听such as parks, community gardens, woodlands,鈥beaches听or听local听hills.It can help people gain perspective and听reflect on past or current life events that are troubling.听Metaphors offered by nature听may听develop into insight on听feelings,听relationships听and experiences.

Individuals access greenspaces and experience the grounding benefits of nature, which clears a busy mind and brings feelings of calm and stability for people who regularly experience high levels of stress and chaos at home. In this way nature offers an opportunity for reflection that can be utilised within therapy practice.听

This听will be delivered听byour team of听dedicated and qualified therapists, including trainee听therapists where听appropriate.For many people,听outdoor therapy听may be听more suitable听than traditional therapeutic settings.Participants can听connect with nature听in听their local areas building a connection to place and community.听Our team听have specialist knowledge and are听experienced听in working听outdoors听with听the issues facing our听clients.

These include, but are not limited to:鈥

  • poor mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • violence and aggression
  • depression
  • relationship and family difficulties
  • anxiety and stress
  • grief and trauma
  • loneliness and social isolation
  • problem substance use

We believe in the child's right to

Read our Children's Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment here.

Note: 海角社区 does not currently work with registered sex offenders or those subject to Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

Read our Outdoor Therapy Impact Report 2021-22 here.听

Click to open and download our Outdoor Therapy Digital Leaflet.

Key information

East & Central

Locations:鈥 Fife.

Age range: 鈥 Young People (16-24).

We have currently had to pause accepting referrals from听East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian, West Lothian due to exceptionally high numbers being referred to the service, we hope to review this situation in late听2024.


West

Locations:鈥 East Ayrshire, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire.

Who it's for:听 People of any age. (16+).

It may be particularly appropriate for people who have sought support through traditional statutory therapeutic services听(GP鈥檚; CAMHS/community psychiatric services;听other听counselling; psychotherapy; CBT etc.) but have not been able to make the changes they were hoping for or were unable to gain access 迟辞听services.

This is not a crisis service.听If someone is suffering from an acute mental health crisis, please read Our Immediate Help guide for advice听on how best to seek immediate support.

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海角社区 Hub Area Hub Coordinator Contact Details
Outdoor TherapyEast Ayrshire, Fife, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire.therapy@venturetrust.org.uk

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