Presentations & Workshops

I am passionate about educating others about mental health and wellness. The quality of our mental health can greatly affect the quality and enjoyment of our lives, and I am dedicated to helping people improve their mental health. If you are interested in having me speak to your group or organization, please call me at (830) 613-1650. If you prefer, you can email me.

What people have said about my workshops, retreats, and presentations:

Amy’s presentation about ecotherapy was extraordinary! Thank you for sharing your deep passion with us.” – J.L., ecotherapy workshop participant

I loved Amy’s talk.  She gave me so many ideas to help clients. Her talk even helped me to see the benefit of me not just going on hikes occasionally on weekends but also building in small moments of ecotherapy for myself daily as part of good self-care.” – Jennifer, Clinical Psychologist

I’ve done this for 16 years and never seen all ‘Excellents’! – D., CEU Series coordinator

The class was amazing. Amy is a fantastic speaker!” – Marsha, Biology Professor

Amy has the remarkable gift of gentle and thoughtful guidance. She is a beautifully skilled and intuitive facilitator.” – Jane, ecotherapy workshop participant

Upcoming Events:

April 22nd, 2017: Ecotherapy for Clinicans: Integrating Ecotherapy into Clinical Practice, beautiful private ranch near Bastrop, TX. Limited to 10 participants. For more information, click HERE

May 20th, 2017: Ecotherapy for Clinicans: Integrating Ecotherapy into Clinical Practice, McKinney Roughs Nature Park near Bastrop, TX. Limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration required. For more information, click HERE

June 3rd, 2017: Ecotherapy with Adults, invited guest presenter, Nature as Cotherapist: Incorporating Nature Connection into Therapeutic Work with Children and Adults, CEU Training Conference for Mental Health Professionals and Parks & Rec Professionals, Wildrock, Crozet, VA. For more information or to register, contact Contact Carolyn Schuyler, LCSW, at cswildrock (at) gmail (dot) com

July 30th-Aug. 4th, 2017: Advanced Level II Ecotherapy Certificate and Training Program co-teacher and co-organizer with Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Seven Oaks Retreat Center, Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia. For more information, click HERE

Past Conferences and Guest Lectures:

March 27th, 2017: Ecotherapy: Helping People Heal with Nature in Mind with a Special Emphasis on Plants and Gardens, Texas State University Honors College, Urban Horticulture Course invited guest lecturer, San Marcos, TX

Nov. 30th and May 2nd, 2016: Ecotherapy Perspectives: Developing a Meaningful Relationship with Nature, Temple College, Biology Department, invited guest lecturer, Hutto, TX

October 21st-22nd, 2016: Nature-based Ideas for Self-care and Attachment and Secondary Trauma in Foster & Adoptive Parents, invited speaker for Fall Conference, Wisconsin Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, Inc., Wausau, Wisconsin

September 9th, 2016: Ecotherapy for Veterans, Roundtable discussion presenter, 2nd Annual Central Texas Veterans’ ConferenceMay 1-6, 2016: Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents, Adoption HEART Conference (online), Foster2Forever, invited interviewee

March 7th, 2016: Ecotherapy Perspectives: Developing a Meaningful Relationship with Nature, Texas State University, Honors College, Urban Horticulture Course invited guest lecturer, San Marcos, TX

February 25th, 2016: Clinical Perspectives on Attachment, UT School of Social Work (MSSW) invited guest lecturer, Social Work Practice II class, Austin, TX

November 14th, 2015: Using Nature to Facilitate Connection and Healing, Adoption Knowledge Affiliates, selected presenter for Annual Conference, Austin, TX

Past Workshops and Classes:

Nov. 17th: Ecotherapy for Clinicians, University of Texas School of Social Work CEU workshop

Nov. 1st: Exploring Elderhood Ecotherapy Retreat (private group)

July 17th-22nd, 2016: Advanced Level II Ecotherapy Certificate and Training Program co-teacher and co-organizer with Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Seven Oaks Retreat Center, Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

June 2016 (two sessions): Ecotherapy and Self-care for Adoptive and Foster Parents, Foster and Adopted Families Wilderness Camp, Candlelight Ranch (private)

May 19th, 2016: Mindfulness in NatureREI Downtown, Austin, TX

April 22nd, 2016: Ecotherapy for Clinicians: Presentation and Experiential Session, Sage Recovery & Wellness Center, Austin, TX

April 13th, 2016: Finding Connection in a Disconnected World Ecotherapy Retreat (private group)

March 5th, 2016: Nature for Self-care and Healing for Moms Raising Kids with Special Needs, Retreat with Healing Complex Kids, New Braunfels, TX

March 2015-May 2016: Trauma-Informed Parenting: Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma, co-facilitator for an 8-week parenting class offered by the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center

April 8th, 2015: Growing Older: Moving through Grief and Discovering Your Gifts Ecotherapy Walk (private group)

May 15th, 2015: Ecotherapy & Healing for Compassion Fatigue (private)

May 7th, 2015: Ecotherapy Workshop on “Letting Go: On Loss and Grief”  for the staff and volunteer retreat for CASA of the Highland Lakes

Past presentations:

February 2017: Healing from the Ground Up: Plants and Gardens that Promote Health & Healing, Highland Lakes Garden Club, Marble Falls, TX

January 2017: Ecotherapy & Secondary Trauma for Trauma Professionals, STARRY

January 2017: Ecotherapy for Clinicians, Starlite Recovery Center Continuing Education Series,

June 2, 2016: Benefits of Nature for Health and Healing, Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society

April 27th, 2016: Benefits of Nature for Health and Healing, Capital Area Master Naturalists, Austin, TX

March 19th, 2016: Healing from the Ground Up: Plants and Gardens that Promote Health and Healing, Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Marble Falls, TX

February 19th, 2016: Ecotherapy for Clinicians, The Net Connection, Round Rock, TX

November 16th, 2015: Benefits of Nature for Health and Healing, Wimberley Birding Society, Wimberley, TX

September 10th, 2015: Ecotherapy: An Ancient Idea for Our Modern World to the Texas Outdoors-Woman Network, San Marcos chapter

June 2nd, 2016: Forest Bathing: How Nature and Animals Improve Mental Health and Well-being, Highland Lakes Birding & Wildflower Society

May 20th 2015: Secondary Trauma & Self-care to Burnet County area Child Protection Team

April 7th, 2015: Professional Development with Ecotherapy to selected staff at the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center

February 17th,, 2015: Secondary Trauma & Self-care to Burnet County area Child Fatality Review Team

January 22nd, 2015: Secondary Trauma & Self-care to volunteer advocates of CASA of the Highland Lakes

January and May, 2015: Secondary Trauma & Self-care to graduate school interns and volunteers for Trauma-informed Parenting: Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma class

Podcast Interviews:

Therapy Chat Podcast: after a very popular interview on Attachment Trauma and Adoption (Episode 58), Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, interviewed me about ecotherapy and Nature as a Co-therapist as part of a series on Creativity & the Therapeutic Process (Episode 80, April 14, 2017)

Therapy Chat Podcast: Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, interviews guests on holistic and alternative approaches used in psychotherapy. Laura is a trauma therapist in private practice in Maryland, and she interviewed me on my clinical perspectives and approaches on working with and understanding attachment trauma and adoption as part of a series on Trauma and Attachment; downloaded over 4,200 times (Episode 58, November 3, 2016)

The Trauma Therapist Podcast is now heard in over 111 countries around the world, with the goals of raising the awareness of trauma and inspiring other therapists. Guy MacPherson, MA, PhD, has interviewed “thought leaders and game changers in the field of trauma, or related fields”, including many master trauma clinicians, such as Bruce Perry, Peter Levine, Janina Fisher, Christine Courtois, Charles Figley, and Kathy Steele. Guy interviewed me on my perspectives and approaches as a trauma therapist who integrates ecotherapy into my work with clients (Episode 134, November 2015).

Family to Family Support Network radio show and podcast strives to empower healthcare workers and families through adoption education, support and community connection. The sole intent is to provide expert medical care and support to better the outcome for all involved, both physically and emotionally. Rebecca Vahle interviewed me about my perspectives as an adoptee, adoptive mom, and trauma therapist (April 18, 2015).