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Nature Therapy

Edited by Yonatan Kaplan, M.D., and Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A.

  • 2025
  • 0 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-457-1
  • Item #37457
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Get some fresh air. For centuries, that has been common advice for those looking to find peace of mind, greater calm, a jolt of inspiration, or a fresh perspective. Although the conventional wisdom is generations old, it is only relatively recently that a robust body of empirical evidence has begun to support nature's therapeutic properties.

Nature Therapy, in support of these efforts, makes a compelling case for nature-based treatments, including history, recommendations, and definitions, and offers a way in to remembering what the mental health field has forgotten: how nature can augment traditional medical treatments to restore, heal, and even prevent potential illness. The book explores the risks, benefits, specific applications, and limitations of modalities that include

  • Forest bathing
  • Horticultural therapy
  • Wilderness therapy
  • Balneotherapy and hydrotherapy
  • Animal-assisted therapy

Additional chapters delve into special topics, including the importance of urban green spaces, the intricacies of nature-centered indoor design, the involvement in nature activism, and the incorporation of nature therapy in the classroom setting. Each extensively researched chapter features

  • Practical guidelines and clinical case examples that illustrate how to apply the concepts to practice
  • Key takeaways for ease of future reference
  • Brief quizzes that contextualize the evidence and aid in the retention of the information
  • Extensive resources and references that connect readers with additional reliable sources of information

As applicable for psychiatrists as it is illuminating for psychologists, addiction counselors, social workers, educators, and others, Nature Therapy is an unrivaled guide to this vibrant new area in mental health.


  • Chapter 1. The Wise Outdoors
  • Chapter 2. Theoretical Framework
  • Chapter 3. Forest Bathing
  • Chapter 4. Urban Green Spaces
  • Chapter 5. Horticultural Therapy
  • Chapter 6. Staying Indoors
  • Chapter 7. The Wild Outdoors
  • Chapter 8. The Wet Outdoors
  • Chapter 9. The Living Outdoors
  • Chapter 10. The Wondrous Outdoors
  • Chapter 11. Nature Activism
  • Chapter 12. The Outdoor Classroom
  • Index

About the Authors

Yonatan Kaplan, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York.

Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Dean at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also the Chief of Service at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, and President of the American Psychiatric Association.

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