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Mindfulness-Based,Transpersonal Psychology

This theory emphasizes experiential learning and focuses on the importance of the 'here and now.' Transpersonal psychology is grounded in the counseling relationship, mindfulness practices and principals of Gestalt Theory. This approach emphasizes healing through personal growth and development of interpersonal skills.

  • Assagioli, R. (2008). Transpersonal Development. New York: Smiling Wisdom.

  • Cortwright, B. (1997). Psycotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Teranspersoanl Psychotherapy. Albany: State University of New York Press. 

  • Siegel, D. J. (2010). The Mindful Therapist: A Clinicians Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration. New York, NY: Norton & Co.

  • Vander Kolk, B. A. (2014) The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York, NY: Viking. 

Wilderness Therapy

Deep incorporation of experiential practices that are informed by counseling psychology, Ecopsychology, Adventure Therapy, wilderness skills and outdoor leadership.

  • Ecopsychology- An examination and reflection of the relationship between humans and nature.

  • Adventure Therapy- Use of outdoor challenges as a means for therapeutic change

Gass, M., Gillis, H.L."Lee"., Russell, K. (2012). Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice. Rutledge. 

Gomes, M., Kanner, A. (1995). Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. Catapult.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy- Promotes co-regulation that supports both the therapist and the child in their ability to move towards the uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that they would not have been able to move towards as easily on their own. Meets children where they are at through utilizing a child's natural ability to connect through play. Play is used to connect, process, reflect, learn and build skills.


Synergetic Play Therapy. 2015.  

Nonviolent Communication

With Nonviolent Communication (NVC) we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others. Through its emphasis on deep listening—to ourselves as well as others—NVC helps us discover the depth of our own compassion. This language reveals the awareness that all human beings are only trying to honor universal values and needs, every minute, every day.

Rosenburg, Marshall, Ph.D. (2015). Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Encinitas, CA. PuddleDancer Press.

Jason Swick-Nature Based Counseling does not provide emergency or 24 hour crisis services. Please note that I typically only check emails Monday-Thursday each week based on my work schedule. If it is after hours and you are currently feeling upset, overwhelmed or out of control, or you are thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting themselves, please contact one of the below resources that are staffed by certified professionals 24/7, or for life threatening emergencies, please call 911.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1(800)273-TALK(8255)

  •  Text TALK to 38255

  • 24/7 State-Wide Crisis Line (844)493-8255

  • 24/7 Crisis Services-Sol Vista Health, Salida Office:(719)539-6502Leadville Office: (719)486-0985 Canon City: (719)275-2351

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