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Use of talking therapy outdoors

21 July 2020

Outdoor talking therapy is an evidence-based approach. It is typically used to combine the conventional outcomes of indoor therapy with the known benefits of connecting with the natural world.

Meeting with clients in open, outdoor spaces can permit an authentic, human-tohuman encounter, whilst at the same time allowing for physical distancing in line with current Covid-19 government recommendations.

Therapy outdoors is supported across diverse client groups and therapy modalities. However, therapy outdoors will not suit all clients, practitioners and services.

This guidance document is intended to support individualised assessment and formulation when considering therapy outdoors but is not intended to supersede local guidance.

It is recommended that the practitioner consults relevant policy documents and guidance in their service or professional body.

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