Meet our members | This edition’s bio contribution is by Matthew Henson. Matthew is an IAHIP and UKCP registered existential psychotherapist, certified wild therapist, qualified trainer and group facilitator.
Say it once and say it loud: “I’m a tree hugger and I’m proud!”
The first ecopsychology workshop I attended, in I think 2009, was facilitated by Nick Totton in Derbyshire. I had reservations about the weekend, which I talked about in the opening round. I was anxious that the workshop might be too ‘airy-fairy’. I had been reluctant to tell friends and family that I was attending because of the projected judgements I feared they might make. I informed the group that, in short, I was worried that the workshop might be for tree huggers and, if it was, what would that say about me? It was a serious hurdle I had to overcome if I was to be fully present during the weekend. I was not, and never would be, a tree hugger!