Patient experience is truly enhanced with the utilization of ecothreapy here at Wickenburg Community Hospital. Comments received include:
“Real nice to look out of the window and see hummingbirds. Great idea. I like it a lot. Thank you for that.“
“We weren’t here too long but enjoyed the birds that we saw. I’m sure more people have enjoyed them. I saw these from my window but didn’t make it to the garden. Anything like this is a plus to the facility. Thank you.“
“I think they are marvelous as we look out in the morning. Thank you.“
“Very enjoyable to watch them, they are so beautiful! Keep it up. Thanks!!“
“It is wonderful to see the hummingbird drink in water. I’m so glad you have it in the window!! Thanks.“
Ecotherapy is not necessarily new, but is increasingly recognized as beneficial to human healing. “Ecotherapy, also known as nature therapy or green therapy, is the applied practice of the emergent field of ecopsychology, which was developed by Theodore Roszak. Ecotherapy, in many cases, stems from the belief that people are part of the web of life and that our psyches are not isolated or separate from our environment. Ecopsychology is informed by systems theory and provides individuals with an opportunity to explore their relationship with nature—an area that may be overlooked in many other types of psychotherapy. While some professionals teach and practice ecopsychology exclusively, other mental health practitioners incorporate aspects of ecotherapy into their existing practices.” (goodtherapy.org) WCH is happy to see patients enjoying this touch of nature on campus as they go through their healing process.