Ecotherapy is a new kind of psychotherapy that embraces the healing power of the natural world. The basic premise is that by connecting with nature—plants, animals, wind, sun, sky, water, etc.—we experience a spiritual and emotional connection with the world and are able to feel more at peace and grounded.

Grounded is an interesting word, having several meanings here. In the literal sense, nature gives us a connection to the earth itself, the ground. But this word, as an adjective, refers to a state of being well balanced and sensible. An errant pilot or teenager is “grounded” as a way of limiting misbehavior. Being grounded in another sense is generally considered a sign of psychological health and maturity.

Many of the psychological ills that plague us are characterized by feelings of fragility and fragmentation. Grief “tears…

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