“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 MuirIMG_2983IMG_3024IMG_3023IMG_3011IMG_3026IMG_3017IMG_3030OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsamcanonpowershot7 125chargers 112IMG_09052015-01-25 11.32.15topironmtnIMG_09042015-01-25 13.27.482015-01-25 12.03.312015-03-21 14.27.192015-03-21 15.01.02IMG_5544lake1summit 6me8IMG_5549IMG_5529IMG_0010 (1)IMG_0012IMG_0014IMG_0027IMG_1192IMG_0024IMG_1191IMG_1188-2IMG_0227IMG_0299IMG_0913IMG_0905IMG_0904chargers 0922013-07-20 11.43.04photo 21Cave Man2013-07-20 11.30.32photo 27Never been on a hike thats posted it may kill youphoto(3)Last push to summit! Mt San Antonio May 2012OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAphoto 4 copy 4photo 4 copy 3photo 4 copy 6photo 1 copyKeep Uppfiretreephoto 1photo 3photo 5 copy 2moooooo2013-07-20 11.55.42Summit of Monserate, Fallbrook2013-07-20 10.56.09Trailhead Start Monserate, Fallbrook0-7Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbadphoto 1On the PCT heading towards Manzanita Grovesphoto 28Big Laguna Loop laguna Mountainphoto 22Volcanic Plug, Calavera Mt. OceansideDevils Backbone TrailOn the way down Mt. Baldy, Ski Hut TrailView on way up to Mt. BaldyOn the Backbone to summit of San Antoniophoto 1Big Rock Road Trailhead, Cowles Mt.photo 1Mt. Gower Trailhead Beginningphoto 19The Falls, Cedar Creek Falls HIke, Julianphoto 21Cedar Creek Fallsphoto 53Calavera Mt.Oceansideb0de115e0fd47b53d0dcfc9531355560-300x216photo 1Mt. Gower, Ramonaphoto 45Calavera Mt., Oceansidephoto 3Meadow after climb up fro mSchwartz Canyon Mt. Gower2013-07-20 12.26.522013-07-20 13.21.06Mt. Gower, Ramona
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.
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
“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.”