Barley Fields

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.   I’ll meet you there

Rumi

“We are not separate from nature, we are nature itself, and we are very much in this together.”  Casper ter Kuile

Unfortunately, many aspects of our lifestyles separate us from the natural world. Busy work and study schedules, more and more time spent on screens, artificial lighting immunising us from the natural daily cycle of the sun. Human usage of nature has destroyed the life support systems and ecosystems of countless species and now threatens the annihilation of our own life support systems as well.  

 

Yet despite this disconnection, nature is all around us - in the sky, in the plants that pop up in the cracks in the pavement, in our indoor plants, in our animal companions.  To reconnect, however,  we must lift our heads and pay attention.

Ecotherapy focuses on healing the dysfunctional relationship between humans and nature. It looks beyond how we can merely 'use' nature to feel better (taking our daily vitamin N to avoid Nature Deficit Disorder), and moves us towards a reciprocal circle of healing that tends to the needs of both humans and the rest of nature. Acknowledging that what happens to the rest of nature happens to us - and vice versa.  The seeming 'other' whose presence brings healing is as worthy of care and tending as we ourselves. The boundary between self and 'nature' begins to dissolve.

An Ecotherapy session with me involves:
 

  • mindfulness - venturing forth with an attitude of openness, kindness, curiosity

  • taking a humble approach, viewing the elements of the natural environment as equals or superior beings rather than inanimate servants, slaves or tools

  • slowing down - taking time to "listen" to the nature being or feature that is interacting with us

  • seeing what in the natural world mirrors our experience or resonates with how we are feeling. Seeing ourselves as nature sees us - free from human ideals and judgments

  • often asking permission and/or expressing gratitude - for example with gifts (eg offering water, a song, a dance, a creative activity), reverence, reciprocal service

I combine Ecotherapy with other aspects of my training as arises and is approriate

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About Ecotherapy

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as Tapping, works to rewire the brain to bring body and mind back into balance.  It does this by combining elements of Chinese meridian therapy, mindfulness, modern psychology and applied kinesiology to help free us from troubling thoughts and emotions.

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EFT was developed in the mid 1990s by Stanford University graduate Gary Craig.  It is a simplification of Thought Field Therapy, as developed by Dr Roger Callahan in the 1970's.

EFT is like emotional acupuncture without the needles

In EFT we stimulate meridian points with our fingertips while focusing on a thought, emotion, image or sensation. This helps to calm us and to release energy blockages associated with negative emotions.  Properly applied, EFT has been shown to be at least as effective as conventional psychology therapies. Eight clinical studies over recent years covering conditions including agoraphobia,  depression/anxiety, food cravingsgeneralized anxiety disorder, test-taking anxiety, and trauma following gender violence have found energy psychology (which includes EFT) to be at least as effective as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and to exceed CBT in some measures, particularly in speed. 

 

But people don’t use EFT only to deal with problems – it is also a very useful tool for helping to remove blocks to advancing your success or performance, and to anchor in the positive results you are seeking.  For example a 2012 study of ladies’ soccer players showed a significant improvement in goal scoring ability from a dead ball situation following a short EFT session.

 
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EFT One-on-one consultation

In person, on Zoom or by phone

Free connection call on Zoom (15 mins) to see if we’re a good fit to work together 

LOCATION:

I prefer to work on Zoom, but am available for in person sessions at my home in Omokoroa

HOURS:

My normal hours are 8am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday.

Contact me by email or phone 027 414 1080 to find out what times I have available.

10 - 15 minute Connection call               Free     

60 minute Subsequent appointments     $85

Block of 3 sessions paid in advance       $240  (saving of $15)

Block of 10 sessions paid in advance     $750  (saving of $100)

Although you are welcome to book a one-off session, I recommend at least three weekly or fortnightly appointments initially in order to get more deeply into addressing your problem.

"I am still amazed at the sessions we had.  I am deeply grateful for the experience. You have really mastered these techniques and come from a place of deep caring and love. I noticed a real difference in my ability to deal with the stresses in my life.  I'm sure that a definite shift / transformation has occurred in me.  I continue to be very impressed with the work you do and know that it has made a difference in my life.  Thank you so much Sharon."

Christine, Tauranga NZ