Wilderness  / Outdoors

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” (John Muir)

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What is outdoor therapy?

Outdoor therapy is an umbrella term to describe a variety of therapeutic offers that happen outside of the constraints of four walls. If you want to know more about outdoor therapy and different approaches, you can read a blog post I wrote about it here.

How does it work?

Nature is healing and research is now backing up this statement. Spending time in nature is good for both our physical and mental health and evidence shows that nature-connectedness fosters community cohesion.

Bringing your sessions outdoors also means adding movement, whether we are walking throughout the session or we are finding a comfortable spot where to sit and talk. This type of movement also happens internally, at times giving you a feeling that the emotions are not stuck but fluid, as if there is reciprocity in the way you move to the way you feel. 

If you would like to know more about this, you can read it here.

What's the weather like?

This is one of the most asked questions and unless there is a yellow (or red) weather warning, the session will go ahead outdoors as planned. There is something transformative and exhilarating having the elements participating in our sessions together. I appreciate though that this may not necessarily be something that everyone is kin on. So why not have a conversation about this, see where your head is at and take it from there?

Clothing and footwear

For your comfort, I would suggest wearing clothing and footwear appropriate to the season and weather. If you are unsure, you can always contact me at counselling.francesca@gmail.com to discuss this further.

Where will we meet?

I currently work from two urban parks in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, during day time. The latest available appointment outdoors is at 2pm throughout the year.

My experience

I have a passion and interest for everything outdoors and the different ecosystems, and this translates into the things I read and watch and the actions I take to support our natural world. I am also a member of Mountaineering Scotland.

In the past year, I created and delivered workshops for therapists (from private practitioners to services to collaboration with international associations). These workshops offer an opportunity to learn and experience what it means to work in the outdoors.

For the past decade, I’ve been bringing my practice outside of the office space both as a counsellor and in previous roles (all of them being in the third sector). 

I have recently attended and completed a Wilderness Therapy Theory training with the Wilderness Foundation (I am one of their associate counsellors), which inspired me to create more opportunities for everyone to enjoy and explore the connection with nature, others and oneselves.


For counselling fees (one-to-one)→ Link

For supervision fees → Link

For workshops → Link

Still have a question?

For collaboration or general enquiries, you can contact me at counselling.francesca@gmail.com