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Let’s face it: gardening is good for the soul. To devote time in a garden - getting your hands dirty, literally - you put yourself in touch with nature and ultimately with yourself. Research shows that being outside while applying skills and playful activities that connect you to nature benefits children and adults spiritually, emotionally and psychologically. Such activity also helps reduce anxiety, depression, and stress.
As a therapist and enthusiastic gardener, I have personally experienced the positive effects gardening has to offer and how it relates to the work I do as a therapist. The connections and metaphors between therapy and gardening are vast, and it is not uncommon that I incorporate a “green challenge” with my therapy clients. It is because of this passion for the practice of gardening and growing that I have begun to form and explore therapeutic ideas and am in the process of developing a treatment plan to offer garden therapy as a stand-alone approach to therapy. Please ask me for more information if you are interested in garden therapy. More to come…
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Dr. Olivia Schläpfer Colmer offers individual, couples and family therapy in Miami, FL. Her office is located at 4770 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1440, Miami FL 33137.
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