Thesis subject

Nature-Assisted Therapies: Nature as a treatment room for adults with psychological complaints


Evidence supporting the beneficial effects of nature on our health and well being is accumulating. These insights are being used increasingly for the treatment of people with psychological problems, the so-called nature assisted-therapies, like walking therapy. On the one hand, using ‘nature as a treatment room’ is suggested to be more effective than receiving treatment indoors, whereas on the other hand, healthcare professionals themselves report being more vital and healthy providing treatment outdoors, which is a prerequisite for high quality of care. However, the use of nature in the mainstream healthcare practices is far from accepted.

We offer two assignments:

  • Develop a best practice framework of nature-assisted therapies, focusing on experiences from clients and providors
  • Explore how to upscale the use of nature-assisted therapies in mainstream healthcare, focusing on barriers/facilitators and possible impacts on clients, healthcare professionals and service outcomes

Interested or want to know more about the project? Contact Roald Pijpker ( (include in the CC).

Duration: 4-6 months

Start Date: Spring or Fall 2020