Human-Nature Counselling Society

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Human-Nature provides children, youth, adults, and families with a unique counselling service that is grounded in our belief in the healing power of connection with the natural world.

We are fortunate to be based among the natural wonders of beautiful Victoria, BC, and serve communities throughout the Capital Regional District, including:

  • Victoria, Saanich, peninsula
  • Westshore communities and Sooke
  • Duncan and Cowichan Valley
  • PLUS we now serve the North Vancouver/Sea to Sky region!

Submit to our “My Nature Therapy” Photo Campaign!

Where do you go to recharge and find solace? We want YOU to think about the outdoor places you seek out for a sense of healing and peace, and share them with us!

In support of Mental Health Week 2021, May 3-9, we encourage you to take a leaf out of our book and go out into nature – whether that’s your backyard, a lake, a nearby park, or wherever feels comfortable for you. Research has shown that people “living and interacting in green spaces report being more energetic, in good overall health and, have more of a sense of meaningful purpose in life”*. With summer just around the corner, we encourage you to get outside and seek out a space that makes you feel grounded, connected, and whole. For those times where you need to unplug and rebalance: Where’s your nearby nature therapy?

Finding a nature spot that is near & dear to you is a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself, the moment and our larger ecological home- as well as being a great supplement to the work we do. Human-Nature Counselling Society offers in-person individual, youth, and family counselling services throughout the CRD, Cowichan and Squamish. Our mission to make our Nature-Based Therapy services as accessible and low-cost as possible, to address the current mental health crisis, especially for our children and youth.  

How can you participate?

First, snap a pic! We’d love to see your version of “nature therapy”. Post your photo on social media and tag us @human.nature.counselling on Instagram or @HumanNatureCounselling on Facebook. We’ll feature these posts in our stories throughout the campaign. And, one nature photographer will have the opportunity to have their picture appear on the homepage of our new and improved organization website!

Second, donate to our Society! It takes a village to create safe, accessible and barrier free programming reach individuals and families in our community. Even with our current funding, some of our programs are coming up short. Whether it’s $10,  $20, $100, or a monthly recurring donation, every dollar counts toward providing nature-based services to those who require it.

Donate here – or click the “donate to our society” tab on your left!

My Nature Therapy kicks off May 4, but it doesn’t stop at the end of the week! We want to continue the nature-connection momentum, so we’ll be featuring photos and encouraging everyone to get outside and snap a pic for the rest of the month! The featured photo for our website will be chosen on June 1.  

Human-Nature Counselling Society aims to enhance the well-being of individuals and families across the life span, through delivering effective, innovative and accessible nature-based therapy services across Greater Victoria and the Cowichan region. 

Remember to connect with us on Instagram or Facebook, or email your submissions to [email protected]

Thanks for supporting us – we can’t wait to see what your “nature therapy” might be! 

*Sifferlin, A. The healing power of nature. Time Mag. 2016, 188, 24–26.

Support Access to Human-Nature Counselling

To facilitate no-cost/low-cost services we need your help! Donating helps us reach our goal of providing nature-based therapy to those who need it, regardless of circumstance. These services are needed now more than ever, and Nature-Based therapy is a highly accessible and safe way for people to get the support they need during these uncertain times.

Help us keep children and families connected and thriving. Learn more on our donation page.

Covid-19 Response

At Human-Nature are committed to reducing the spread of Covid-19 in our community and vulnerable populations through implementing the requirements of physical distancing.  During this epidemic we are reminded of the essential  importance of our connection with the natural world.  We are currently offering in-person sessions outdoors only (with the appropriate precautions in place). We are also happy to provide telehealth services to clients through secure and encrypted platforms when distancing is not possible, or when there are health concerns. See our Covid page for more details regarding in person sessions.

Traditional Territory Acknowledgement

We at Human-Nature Counselling acknowledge that we live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories, specifically of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEC peoples. We are deeply grateful for this opportunity and are committed to supporting Indigenous Peoples to regenerate their lifeways and earthways.