Looking for a break from traditional therapy? Andre St. Hilaire, an outdoor therapist, invites us to step outside the four walls of conventional therapy and experience the healing power of nature. Andre's innovative approach marries the serenity of the outdoors with therapeutic techniques, providing an environment of comfort and vulnerability that encourages deeper introspection and self-discovery.
We chat about Andre's distinctive practice, witnessing firsthand the transformative role of nature in facilitating life's cycles of change and transition. Andre opens up about the evolution of his therapeutic style, the shift to outdoor sessions, and the importance of cultivating trust and connection with his clients. He offers a raw and intimate reflection of his counseling journey, sharing lessons learned from grad school, private practice, and his experiences in outdoor therapy.
As we delve deeper into the conversation, Andre illustrates the importance of authenticity in therapy, offering insights into how to make therapy more relatable and real. He shares his venture from a different career into becoming an outdoor therapist and the hurdles he overcame along the way. For those contemplating a private practice or seeking alternative therapy methods, this episode promises to be a source of inspiration and enlightenment. The journey might be uncomfortable and risky, but as Andre asserts, showing up for oneself opens up a world of endless possibilities. Join us on this captivating episode of Mental Break it Down, where we unmask the potential of nature as a therapeutic tool.
Andre St. Hilaire, LMHCA, Open Road Wellness