Kristy Johnsson, MS, LPC
If we surrendered to Earth's intelligence, we would rise up rooted, like trees. - Rainier Maria Rilke
Hi, I'm Kristy. Welcome to my practice: an interweaving of ecotherapy and somatic therapy, conducted over zoom and in local natural areas around Jackson, Wyoming.
Together, we will gently explore what is happening within you and around you using mindfulness and inquiry. These practices allow deeper wisdom to emerge, bringing back a visceral sense of aliveness and peace that is our birthright.
Ecotherapy is a nature-based therapy that fosters psychological well-being through relationship to natural elements and non-human beings.
Somatic therapy is a body-awareness therapy that incorporates the newest understandings of trauma and neuroscience to support our bodies' natural ability to heal and feel good.
Why combine them?
Our bodies are the part of nature closest to us and are rife with wisdom that leads us to the ease, vitality, and sense of meaningful connection we seek. For the majority of us - and research backs this up - we feel that sense of ease, vitality, and connection effortlessly when we're in a natural setting. By bringing curiosity and intention to this relationship with nature and our bodies, we can cultivate an abiding wholeness, stability, and clarity.
Who is this work for?
In short: everybody and every-being. Many of my clients are introspective, sensitive young people struggling with anxiety, depression, and complex post traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), who often feel a sense of not belonging in this society. They are clear that much of what has been normalized as healthy isn’t healthy at all, and struggle to trust the innate wisdom of their bodies.
In our search for belonging and relief, many of us may turn to spiritual practices and communities, yet find them unsatisfying, superficial, "off," or even incongruent and lacking in integrity.
The connection and aliveness we seek through external means is much closer to home and more readily available than we realize. In fact, unimpeded, it's the very nature of our being. Connecting to our bodies in nature is a profound way to remember ourselves home.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
- Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
“Working with Kristy is a life-changing experience. I have full trust in her competence. With her I am in the best hands possible."