Nature and Psychotherapy
If you are a psychotherapist who has integrated nature in a significant way into your therapeutic practice you may be interested in participating in this research project.
Title of research project: ‘Come away oh human child to the waters and wild’: A qualitative study into the role nature can play in psychotherapy.
Researcher: Joanne Hanrahan MSc student in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Supervisors: Dr Mary Rabbitte Turning Point Training Institute
Dr Liam MacGabhann School of Nursing & Human Sciences DCU
I am a psychotherapist living on the west coast of Ireland and am currently completing an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy with DCU and the Turning Point Training Institute. I am interested in learning more about the integration of nature and psychotherapy.
The main objectives of the research will be to explore the experience of integrating nature into psychotherapy practice, to conceptualise the theoretical links of this practice, and to examine the therapeutic value of nature from the perspective of psychotherapists.
I wish to interview a number of psychotherapists who are accredited members of IAHIP, IACP or accredited with a discipline recognised by the Irish Council for Psychotherapy ICP and work from a dominant theoretical model. In addition I hope to find psychotherapists who
- see their own connection with nature as being important to them personally,
- believe that nature can play a valuable role in psychotherapy,
- have completed further study in the use of nature in psychotherapy and/or
- include work with nature as a significant part of their psychotherapy practice (eg working outdoors with clients).
Participation in the study will involve engaging in a one-to-one interview which will take approximately one hour, will be audio recorded and will take place in a venue that suits you, the participant. Participation is voluntary and will be confidential and anonymous.
I hope that the wide range of experience and approaches used by therapists working with nature will enrich this study and look forward to hearing from you.
If you are interested in learning more about this research or if you are interested in taking part please contact me, Joanne Hanrahan on 087-713 3737 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org