Archive of Events - 2024

Friday 2nd February 2024

"Experiences of Providing Therapy in Nature"

Dr Saan Ecker, Clinical Psychologist

at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham ACT (and by Zoom)

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Saan presented on experiences of providing therapy in nature including equine assisted therapy and eco-therapy.

Saan (psychologist) and her psychotherapist partner have provided therapy and workshops from their rural facility for 10 years and have worked with everyone from children living with neurodiversity to company directors, supplementing their therapy skills with time in nature and with the inclusion of a herd of Arabian horses.

Saan shared how interactions with the natural world enhance therapeutic experiences with references to Jungian concepts of synchronicity, interconnection, messages of meaning from external objects (pan-physicism) and the projection of our psychology onto nature. Saan will lead reflection on Jung’s knowing of the pathology associated with the absence of connection with nature and the ways we can help people accept the healing available in nature.

Dr Saan Ecker (she, her) is a Clinical Psychologist (Masters of Clinical Psychology) and has membership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and membership with the APS and ACPA. She also has a Diploma in Buddhist Psychotherapy and Counselling. Saan has provided psychology, psychotherapy and counselling for over 15 years to a range of people of all ages.

Saan also works in the not-for profit mental health sector. Saan has a PhD in human ecology and continues her long career in social science research including current research on the impacts of LGBTIQA+ minority stress.

Saan is also an ecologist and committed conservationist and combines eco-therapy in her practice model for those who value this.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing by 10 pm.

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Everyone is welcome. 

We normally meet at 7:30pm on the first Friday each month for music and coffee and chat,
Guest Speaker at 8pm, break for supper around 9pm, resume for questions and discussion until 10pm.

Location: Usually at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.
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Postal: PO Box 82, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia

Updated by Robert James 3rd February 2024