Hiking in itself is such a therapeutic outlet, the sense of accomplishment from finishing the hike as well as being outdoors in natural light surrounded by the sounds, colors, textures and smells of nature all provide an instant and enduring therapeutic relief.
Combining physical activity only makes the experience even more beneficial and richer. From the American Psychological Association article The Exercise Affect, written by Kirsten Weir, Research has shown that physical exercise provides as much relief from stress as does medication.
Coaching, Counseling, Motivational Part
Although nature does much of the work as far as Hiker Therapy, I feel my counseling, life coaching/teaching skills along with my ability to motivate, actively listen with unconditional positive regard for the clients I work with makes Hiker Therapy a very effective holistic approach to mental health healing and repair.
Hiker Therapy is a great way to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as improve mood and offer individuals and families in Addiction Recovery a “substitute” for that which has hindered them whatever the compulsion.
Combining hiking, life and recovery coaching to offer a holistic healing approach repairing the vital components that makes us whole;
Elevating The Mind Body and Soul