"In nature, nothing exists alone." -Rachel Carson
Offered in Asheville, NC as well as various places around the country (sign up for the newsletter to get a monthly listing of locations included), outdoor sessions can be stand-alone or as a part of ongoing work with an Aspen Roots Collective counselor. Meeting for hour-long walks and activities in the wilderness or the local park, an outdoor session will incorporate ecotherapy practices that connect your healing with that of the natural world as well as explore the connection between your body and the Earth as a renewing resource.
Sommerville Bevilaqua, ARC founder, offers online Somatic Experiencing (SE) sessions for individuals wanting an alternative approach to healing and growth. SE utilizes body awareness, tracking, and mindfulness skills to increase resilience and capacity for both the challenging and the joyful aspects of life. Very different from talk therapy and cognitive approaches to mental health, this "bottom-up" approach to brain change focuses on our animal-bodies and our strong drive to survive. Online sessions use a HIPPA compliant video chat software and participants often comment on how suprised they are at the level of authentic connection possible via the internet.
If you already work with another counselor and would like to add an experiential therapy session to your work, Aspen Roots therapist guides will work with you and your counselor to identify goals and create a unique experience to help take your progress to the next level. Examples include half day or full day adventure therapy activities with you or your family on the river, trail, or rock; ritual to mark a significant transition in your life; or supported wilderness solo for deepening the reflection and integration of insights and new awarenesses. Summaries and recommendations are provided to you and your counselor for follow-up.
Entering into therapy requires courage and vulnerability. It is an adventure in which we don't know the outcome and we can't anticipate what will arise along the way. Our goal at Aspen Roots Collective is to provide a supportive partnership in this process of discovery and to help the client create new ways of making meaning in life. We bring an attitude of curiosity to our work and incorporate humor and authenticity as important components of the therapeutic relationship. Our belief is that by increasing self-awareness and cultivating acceptance, it is possible to change the way we relate to ourselves and others.
Sommerville Bevilaqua, ARC founder, uses Ecotherapy to facilitate connections to the natural world, enhance a sense of self and community, and navigate times of transition. She finds that her approach is especially beneficial for young adults who are feeling lost in their search for purpose and lacking in confidence and self-love. She also works with individuals as they struggle to become parents, partners, adults, elders, to end and begin careers, move homes, grieve loss, and ultimately search for meaning and purpose in their lives.
Sommerville is also currently pursuing certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and offers a body-based approach to resolving trauma through regulation of the autonomic nervous system.