You feel a sense of renewal in nature. You’ve never felt more like your true self than when you’re running, walking, hiking, or surfing. In a traditional setting, therapy sessions require moving away from this feeling and sitting indoors. In wilderness therapy sessions with Amanda Stemen, MS, LCSW, you’ll amplify the benefits of therapy by combining it with the things you already love to do outdoors.
You don’t have to go too far from home to experience this kind of therapy. Sessions are primarily held in large parks or beaches in and around Los Angeles, such as Griffith Park and Kenneth Hahn Park. These “urban wilderness therapy” sessions can be beneficial for treating a number of different mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, borderline personality disorder, trauma, addiction, and social and relational concerns.
Frequently, Amanda uses a combination of therapies depending upon your particular needs, but the basis of every session is mindfulness and relational therapy. Mindfulness is being in the present moment, experiencing it for all that it is without judgment, and relational therapy uses the therapeutic relationship as a healthy model to understand all other relationships and how they impact your mental and emotional well-being.
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