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“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir

 

As someone whom would be considered diagnosed with GAD (General Anxiety Disorder), along with a lifetime of ADHD, for the record I do not condone such diagnostic labels, I very much am a  proponent of natural holistic healthy ways to self-soothe and manage my anxiety.  For me changing a thought by moving a muscle has always been a way for me to do that.  

I’ve also experienced the benefit of having a professionally trained listening ear who can offer active listening skills and unconditional positive regard to gain an understanding of my issues and concerns, also something that has benefited me………

By using this same philosophy for others I have created HikerTherapy as a way of combining hiking, the calming influences of nature and my professional training as a counselor to offer my client an environment that is created where symptoms of anxiety and depression are alleviated, clarity can be achieved, and an awakened state of mind can be obtained.

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Research shows that physical exercise, movement and being outdoors reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression, not too mention boredom relief, and a great way to reduce triggers and cravings for AOD (alcohol and other drugs) use/dependance.

……By changing the “office” we work in a new dynamic takes place which transforms the individual in a different way freeing; The Mind, Body and Soul.

The hikes I plan for us are done at a length and activity level comfortable to each individual. Hiking trails are conveniently located all around San Diego County.   

Now offering Oceanside Harbor “Urban Hike”, Batiquitos Lagoon in the evenings…….

Call Mark @ 760-652-9275  

Mission Statement

“Combining the experience of Hiking & Mental Health/Addiction Counseling in a holistic natural way for the health and well being of the Mind, Body and Soul.”