The Recovery Center of Ohio Embraces Nature in Group Session!

By engaging with the natural world, clients find a unique sense of solace and inspiration, aiding their journey towards well-being. Integrating nature into group therapy strengthens the connection between individuals and their environment, while also cultivating a supportive community that thrives on mutual growth and understanding.

Vice President of The Recovery Center of Ohio, Traci Mason, and State Housing Director Brandy Wilson, had a great time joining The Recovery Center of Ohio’s Substance Use Disorder Counselor, Stephen D’Allessandris, during his group therapy session held outdoors.

Nature can be incredibly beneficial for group therapy sessions, especially for individuals on their wellness recovery journey.

Here are a few ways nature enhances the therapeutic experience:

1. Reduced Stress and Anxiety:

Being in nature has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels. The calming effects of natural surroundings can help participants feel more at ease and open during group discussions.

2. Improved Mood and Well-being:

Exposure to natural light and fresh air can improve mood and overall well-being. This positive environment can enhance engagement and participation in group therapy sessions.

3. Enhanced Focus and Creativity:

Natural settings can boost focus and creativity, making it easier for participants to express themselves and engage in problem-solving activities during therapy.

4. Sense of Connection:

Nature can foster a sense of connection and community among group members. Shared experiences in a natural environment can strengthen bonds and support networks.

5. Physical Activity:

Incorporating physical activities like walking or hiking into group therapy sessions can promote physical health and complement mental health treatments.

6. Mindfulness and Reflection:

Nature provides a perfect backdrop for mindfulness exercises and reflection. The tranquility of natural settings can encourage introspection and self-awareness, crucial components of the recovery process.


The Recovery Center of Ohio is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for individuals facing substance use disorders, mental health challenges, and youth behavioral health issues. Our person-centered approach ensures that every client receives the support and resources they need to thrive. By creating a supportive community, we can inspire hope and foster resilience.

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