Nature Animal Therapy | NAT

NAT Sessions and Programs

Nature Animal Therapy | NAT sessions are offered to provide a therapeutic milieu with a whole health approach, in support of the overall mental, emotional and spiritual wellness of children, adults, and families.

NAT Sessions are designed to incorporate nature-base interventions and animal-based interventions, in order to facilitate objectives and reach treatment goals, which work in harmony with traditional psychotherapy and methodologies.

Nature plays an important role in the existence of healthy beings. The complexities that develop from a disconnection to nature occur in environments where unnatural elements form a barrier against nature. Whether those barriers are concrete and steel, or video games and smartphones, the separation from nature and the natural world undoubtedly produces a confinement that is detrimental to overall wellness. Being outdoors in the natural world opens many windows of opportunity for learning about the environment, conservation, and sustainability, while walking a guided path of growth.

Animals play an important role in the balance of a healthy socio-ecosystem. The complexities that develop when animals are segregated from people, who then have limited or infrequent interactions with animals, grate on the core of the empathetic nerve. Whether this separation from animals is intentional by social construct or by overburdening provisional regulations, the disconnection to animals produces a human state of isolation. The beauty of animals is that they disarm the human ego. Interactions with animals teaches trust, nurturing, responsibility, and most importantly empathy.

NAT Sessions help to set free those who are confined by a disconnection to nature and animals. Conditions such as Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Burnout Syndrome (BOS), and many other conditions may be addressed for people who may benefit from interaction with animals in nature.

NAT Sessions

STANDARD

60 minutes

is the standard length session

EXTENDED

90 Minutes

is designed with more time for longer

nature-walks or group sessions.

NAT Programs

10 Week Program

Standard, 1 session per week

Extended, 1 session per week

Standard IOP, 2 sessions per week

Extended IOP, 2 sessions per week

12 Week Program

Standard, 1 session per week

Extended, 1 session per week

Standard IOP, 2 sessions per week

Extended IOP, 2 sessions per week

16 Week Program

Standard, 1 session per week

Extended, 1 session per week

Standard IOP, 2 sessions per week

Extended IOP, 2 sessions per week

NAT™ programs developed by Felicia Cristiani Bass and Peter H. Schroeder II in partnership with the Human Animal Life Foundation.