Ecotherapy at Open Sky Therapy

Open Sky Therapy aims to help people manage a variety of issues using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Ecotherapy. Both therapies have proven benefits for mental health. I offer one to one CBT sessions in a therapy room, I also offer one to one and group therapy in a less formal outdoors setting. Ecotherapy can mean a multitude of different things. At Open Sky Therapy it is about using the outdoors to help you reconnect with yourself. It’s about giving you some time out; allowing yourself to be more mindful and notice the world around you; to put down the mobile phone for a little while and breathe. This can be surprisingly therapeutic in itself.

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Escaping the Everlasting Duvet Day

So we all love the odd lazy day, Staying in our PJ’s, eating junk food and cosying under the duvet.  It’s a treat, an indulgence, a necessary part of being Ill or having a cheeky hangover.  But what happens when it’s more than the odd day?  When you can’t imagine or face life out of the duvet and you’ve been wearing the same PJ’s day in day out. When it’s no longer a treat or occasional thing, chances are that you need to take some care of your mental health. 

Wanting to hide yourself away, feeling fatigued and losing motivation are all symptoms of depression.  If you are fearful or worried about facing the outside world it might be a sign that you have an anxiety disorder.  You might feel pretty despondent and desperate but have no idea how to summon the strength and energy to get out from under the again. 

Duvet Day, Depression, Mental health

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How Walking Benefits Mental Health

Walking riverIn CBT we often use behavioural activation to start people on path to feeling better and reclaiming their lives.  The aim is for people to restart activities that mean something to them and will bring about positive feelings.  Unfortunately, mental illness can last for so long that we forget the things that are important to us or things can change or the activities that used to make us happy are no longer possible.  This is where walking can be a great starting point.   

Why walking?

Although it might not spring to mind as everyone’s first choice of a fun activity, walking has been proven time and time again to improve mood and reduce the effects of mental illness.

The best thing about walking it is that it’s free and can be done by most people.  Many people who are unable to walk can still reap the same benefits from spending time in the outdoors.  It can also be a group or solo activity, allowing for the social benefits or much needed quiet time.

Walking can give a great sense of achievement.  From just getting out of the house to do it, to building up the time and distance.  It is easy to incorporate, weather you live in a large city or rural village there are always places to walk.  By jumping off the bus a stop earlier or parking the car a distance from your destination and walking, it doesn’t take much planning.  Just being in the outdoors can bring about feelings of pleasure, tranquillity, and well-being.

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CBT, What is it?

We’ve been hearing a lot recently about mental health and how many people in the UK are suffering.  Chances are, if you are reading this that you have heard of CBT,  it’s the buzz therapy at the moment. It’s recommended by doctors, counsellors, the government and the many people who have successfully been treated using it.  It also has a load of science to back it up.

So, what is it?? 

It’s just counselling right???  I’ll  lie on a sofa while some shrink gets me to talk about my relationship with my mother. 


CBT is a brilliantly simple and practical way to deal with what can be very complex and distressing issues.  It is usually one to one but can be done online or telephone (click here to find out more about what to expect in a session).  The therapist works with you to understand what is going on for you why you came for therapy. 

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