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236: Healing in Nature: David Segal and Bonnie Dyck on Nature-Based Therapy

Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Release Date: 06/11/2024

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In this episode, Will welcomes David Segal and Bonnie Dyck from the Human Nature Counselling Society. They dive deep into their journeys into nature-based therapy, sharing how personal experiences and a profound connection to the natural world led them to the field. David discusses the systemic and experiential approach of Human Nature Counselling, emphasizing the importance of reconnecting individuals and families with nature to foster mental health and well-being. Bonnie elaborates on the comprehensive training programs they offer, designed to equip therapists with the skills needed to integrate nature into their practice effectively.

Listeners will gain insight into the transformative power of nature-based therapy through heartwarming stories of clients who have found healing and growth through their unique approach. From reducing anxiety in children to helping adults overcome trauma, David and Bonnie illustrate how their methods bridge the gap between human and ecological systems. They also discuss the future of their work, highlighting their commitment to accessibility, community collaboration, and supporting indigenous initiatives that reconnect people with their ancestral lands. This episode is a testament to the profound impact of nature on mental health and the innovative ways Human Nature Counselling is leading the field.

David Segal is also the co-author of the book, Nature-Based Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families.

Nevin Harper, co-author of Nature-Based Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families is also mentioned in this episode, and he had previously been on this podcast.  Here is the link to Nevin’s episode.

Katie Asmus, from the Somatic Nature Therapy Institute, is also mentioned in this episode and has previously been on this podcast.  Here is the link to Katie’s episode.

Here is a link to a pdf of an article mentioned in this episode The Ecology of Adventure Therapy: An Integral Systems Approach to Therapeutic Change.