Nicholas Hall – A Gentle Approach To Adventure Therapy

A Gentle Approach To Adventure Therapy

Nicholas Hall

Session type: Regular forum session
Session duration: 30 minutes

Key words: adventure therapy, walk and talk, person centred, somatic psychotherapy, one to one, counselling, gentleness


For the past five years I have been exploring a modality of adventure therapy whereby I have been working with clients one to one in outdoor settings in the nature filled environs close to our local capital city of Hobart in Tasmania. These environs range from paved walkways, parks, beaches, and shared waterways, through to genuine wilderness that is part of our South-West Wilderness that connects with the edges of our city.
I am working from my background in person centred counselling, somatic (body centred) psychotherapy, and fifteen years of bush adventure therapy group work.
I am working with walking and talking, or perhaps canoe paddling and talking, nature contact and mindful nature immersion, awareness, personal responsibility, and safety and gentleness.
After the grand adventures, and physical risk taking of my group work, this presentation focuses on the growing inclusion of gentleness and intimacy into my work with others.

About the presenter/s

Nick Hall
I am a father, visual artist, builder, surfer, sailor, paddler, and motorcyclist who has been involved actively in the field of therapy delivery since the mid nineteen nineties.
Trained in Somatic Psychotherapy with Bob Palfreyman at Hobart’s Wholistic Therapy Centre, I went to work with the Project Hahn wilderness therapy program completing and then delivering their Facilitating Wilderness Therapy (FacWiT) training and facilitating sixty three programs, mostly as lead facilitator. I then returned to the University of Tasmania to do my post grad studies in counselling, going on to work as a counsellor/advocate with the Phoenix Centre (Tas.) for eighteen months (torture and trauma victims in the refugee community) and then the Aboriginal Health Service (Hobart Tas.) for six years.
Whilst working with the AHS I developed and delivered a one to one BAT program “On Track” which provided outdoor sessions to counselling clients who preferred this delivery type. I three years ago I opened my own private practice Nick Hall Adventure Therapy with my base on my boat Water Is Life in Geilston Bay, Hobart. Here I offer one to one sessions in the adjacent East Risdon Nature Reserve.
I am a facilitator with and co director of Community Rites of Passage offering maturational rites of passage programs. I have presented locally, nationally, and internationally on topics connected to BAT, therapy and counselling, community building and group work.
I have clinical registration with PACFA, and have been actively involved with AABAT since it’s inception.