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Climate Aware Practitioner

Lucy Van Sambeek

Mrs Lucy Van Sambeek

Biographical Info I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Certified Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. My passion is reducing stress in a busy changing world, offering an alternative to traditional talk-based therapies with children, youth and adults. I meet with people in outdoor locations whenever possible for 'sit spot sessions', 'walk'n'talks' or mindful nature therapy experiences. I work with nature as co-therapist, to spark regeneration and healing for both people and planet. In counselling, bringing people back into relationship with the more-than-human world can help them find ‘active hope’, moving beyond paralysing feelings of helplessness and despair to taking action. In groupwork, linking the lives of people through sharing stories and experiences reduces isolation, builds resilience and fosters hope. My eco-social work practice has been largely influenced by my Indigenous mentors and co-workers in the Northern Territory. Spending time on country with Tiwi Elders gave me insight into their culture, spiritual connection to the land and harmonious lifestyles. By strengthening the human-nature connection, I am indebted to the traditional, ancient wisdom of Indigenous cultures about the healing power of nature and our obligations to care for our planet.

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Description: I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Certified Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. My passion is reducing stress in a busy changing world, offering an alternative to traditional talk-based therapies with children, youth and adults. I meet with people in outdoor locations whenever possible for 'sit spot sessions', 'walk'n'talks' or mindful nature therapy experiences. I work with nature as co-therapist, to spark regeneration and healing for both people and planet. In counselling, bringing people back into relationship with the more-than-human world can help them find ‘active hope’, moving beyond paralysing feelings of helplessness and despair to taking action. In groupwork, linking the lives of people through sharing stories and experiences reduces isolation, builds resilience and fosters hope. My eco-social work practice has been largely influenced by my Indigenous mentors and co-workers in the Northern Territory. Spending time on country with Tiwi Elders gave me insight into their culture, spiritual connection to the land and harmonious lifestyles. By strengthening the human-nature connection, I am indebted to the traditional, ancient wisdom of Indigenous cultures about the healing power of nature and our obligations to care for our planet.

Background: Mental Health Professional

Organisation: ...metaphorically speaking

Services: Facilitator of other Climate Distress Workshops, Individual therapy, Group Therapy

Service Type: Face to Face and Online

Practice State: News South Wales

CONTACT DETAILS 2449

Address: Mobile outreach (Nambucca Valley, NSW)

Phone: 0417 927 657

Email: lucy@metaphoricallyspeaking.com.au

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