top of page


 


What We Do
 
We connect children with nature to promote their biophilic health and wellbeing and build resilience for life. Our focus is on children's experiences of being in the world and the development of social- emotional skills.
                                          
What is Biophilic Health™ ?

Biophilic health is a way to describe a state of  well being where people exist and thrive in relationship with nature, the earth, and other species.  It is also an approach to promoting health and wellbeing by fostering a deep connection between humans and nature. 

ConnectByNature

Biophilic Health™ for children focuses on the idea that being connected with nature is crucial to child health and development. It explores how exposure to nature in childhood (in all its forms) can have significant impacts on children's physical health and mental wellbeng over the course of their lives.  

  • Nature assisted occupational therapy

  • Nature assisted psychotherapy and social- emotional learning.

  • Animal assisted psychotherapy

Our Services

Our services are provided by registered mental health providers and occupational therapists in partnership with equine assisted learning facilitators and forest and nature practitioners.

logo

Mi'Kmaq Artist Loretta Gould

'In the spirit of nature everything is connected.'

7B5304E9-07DE-489F-9FB1-D9CE977EFEE1.jpg

CByN Hobby Farm and Forest

IMG_2818.png
IMG_0895_edited.jpg

Who We Serve

 

We serve children, youth and families affected by a range of issues impacting upon their social- emotional health and well-being including:

                                        

  • Anxiety and Stress

  • Grief, Trauma and Loss

  • Depression

  • Neurodevelopmental Differences (e.g. ADHD and Learning Differences, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy)

  • Sensory Processing Issues

  • Problems with Emotional Regulation 

All nature and equine- assisted therapies take place outdoors on a hobby farm and forest situated on the Niagara peninsula in Pelham, Ontario.
 

IMG_1512.jpeg
IMG_2276.jpg
IMG_2117.jpeg
IMG_3247.jpeg

ConnectByNature is located on land which is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this land is home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Peoples. We are reminded that our great standard of living here in Pelham, Ontario is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people. 

Painted Leaves 2

General Inquiries

Nancy Rushford, PhD

Registered Occupational Therapist,
Psychotherapist

Biomimicry Practitioner
Certified Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner


n.rushford@connectbynature.ca
Phone: 905-630-1909


 

COTO_Logo_Bil_RGB.jpg
82a4785-11aa-dcce-305-04f450c24f85_Learn_Biomimicry_Logo_-_Long_-_Blue_Gradient_-_SML_1_.webp
EPI logo_EAL final.jpg


© ConnectByNature Counselling, Therapy & Learning Services  2024 
A division of Paul Stacey Medicine Corporation

services
Home
bottom of page