Taking counselling and psychotherapy outside: destruction or enrichment of the therapeutic frame?

Jordan, Martin and Marshall, H. (2010) Taking counselling and psychotherapy outside: destruction or enrichment of the therapeutic frame? European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 12 (4). pp. 345-359. ISSN 1364-2537

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Abstract

This paper will explore emerging issues in the practice of counselling and psychotherapy in the outdoors, which the authors encountered when they took their clients outside of the traditional therapy room. The outdoors is defined as natural areas and spaces, such as woods and parks which have been termed ‘nearby nature’ (Kaplan and Kaplan, 1989) and also more remote areas such as mountains and moors which are more isolated from civilisation, what some have termed wilderness (Mcfarlane, 2007). Particular emphasis will be given to the ‘frame’ of psychotherapy and how aspects of this are affected by moving outdoors, in particular contracting in relation to confidentiality and timing. The relationship in psychotherapy will be explored in relation to issues of mutuality and asymmetry alongside the role of nature in the therapeutic process. Lastly the challenges and therapeutic potential of psychotherapy in nature will be explored.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: frame; outdoors; nature; contract; ecotherapy
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/13642537.2010.530105
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2012 13:33
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:02
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/10769

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