About us

Ecotherapy Exeter is a local initiative providing ecotherapy programmes within Exeter and the surrounding region. The group brings together the skillsets of mental health professionals, ecologists and outdoor leaders to offer therapeutic work in a variety of environmental contexts.

Peter Crowe

MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy; Diploma in Psychosynthesis Therapeutic Counselling; Diploma of Psychosynthesis Counselling; MPhil (1st class Hons); BA (Hons) Fine Art; PGDip Art & Design

Peter is a professional counsellor, psychotherapist and business coach. He has over 20 years experience of working with groups and individuals internationally. A UKCP-accredited psychotherapist, Peter honed his facilitation skills in a range of settings from clinical practice to men’s groups to coaching organisations. Formerly a senior lecturer in Design and Business at AUT University in New Zealand, Peter has published articles and papers on management systems, design management and sustainability.

Peter is an active walker, camper and wild swimmer. He spent 17 years in New Zealand, much of it outdoors. He is an experienced group leader in natural environmental contexts, organising the ‘Edge of the Wild UK’ ecopsychology gathering 2013- 2016 and convening ‘Heart Politics’ gatherings in New Zealand. See: www.petercrowe.co.uk

Adrian Harris

MA Photography; MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy; PhD Religious Studies

Adrian is a counsellor, psychotherapist and trainer. He has been involved with ecotherapy for over ten years and has facilitated many nature connection workshops and walks.

Adrian’s PhD thesis draws on ecopsychology to understand the wisdom of the body in nature-based spirituality. He subsequently completed a Masters dissertation on outdoor therapy and trained with practitioners from both the US and the UK. He a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and Counsellors and Psychotherapists Outdoors. He has published research on ecotherapy and regularly blogs on the subject:. www.adrianharris.org/

Adrian is passionate about the outdoors: He is a nature photographer, loves walking and recently discovered the joys of kayaking.


Sara Drew

MA Cantab, Adv Dip Couns, MBACP (Reg. Accred)

Sara is a humanistic, integrative therapist and trainer. As well as working with traditional indoor talking therapies she is increasingly drawn to accessing psychological healing and renewal through engaging with the natural world. She is currently training in Rites of Passage work which uses deep connection with nature to heal the profound personal and cultural dissociation from the more than human world. Her work is focused on exploring how sickness arises from this split and exploring pathways for humans to reconnect with their heritage as part of and not separate from the natural world.

Sara loves to relax in the outdoors, whether a tramp on Dartmoor or meandering in the woods or swimming in the sea.


Audaye Elesedy

Audaye offers therapy, eco-and systemic coaching and systemically informed workshops (using constellations). He frequently works with and in reference to the natural environment and with considerations to local and world ecological issues. He works therapeutically or in a coaching context with individuals, groups and organisations especially with deepening awareness and insight in seemingly complex issues.

As a systemic coach at www.thebrighthorizon.org, Audaye is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

He also works with parents and caregivers on attachment relationship issues through ConnectParenting.uk


Nathalie Asmail

BFA, MSc, Reg. MBACP (Snr. Accred)

Nathalie has over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings in both the USA and the UK. Further to her initial training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, she trained in psychosynthesis and creative approaches to counselling. Currently a lecturer at Iron Mill college, she also works as a psychotherapist for Livewell Southwest CIC, providing long-term psychotherapy to clients with long-standing mental health issues.

In addition Nathalie has trained in outdoor education and ecotherapy in order to helping people reconnect with nature. As an advocate for nature as a “therapeutic third”, Nathalie is always on the look-out for ways to include nature in her therapeutic work, both indoors and outdoors.


Stuart Lockton

Stuart is an outdoor instructor and trainer with 20 years experience of leading groups in the outdoors, he has led wilderness, adventure and bushcraft therapy groups in locations across the UK.

He is also a gardener with experience of leading horticultural therapy. Stuart has a very strong personal connection with the natural world, this connection is at the heart of his work in the outdoors.


Gill Baker

BSc Ecology & Conservation; D-Phil Molecular Ecology 

Gill trained in Ecology & Conservation. She has been leading community green walks in Exeter for 7 years.

She provides voluntary administrative support to Ecotherapy Exeter and co-leads ‘Walks for Wellbeing’.