The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have long been known, and being close to the earth and participating in the cycle of growth offers many advantages. This is especially true in Mind Springs Health’s Summit County office where Clinician Kristen Greenwald, LCSW began 3 horticultural therapy programs for kids & teens, adults with depression, and adults with post-traumatic stress disorder.
By growing and tending flowers, vegetables and herbs in a sensory garden, participants in the program learn emotional regulation and problem-solving skills. Horticultural therapy also can help improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills and socialization.
Mind Springs Health, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization offering a full spectrum of mental health, behavioral change and substance abuse services with 12 outpatient offices throughout the Western Slope and a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction serving all Coloradans. Specializing in research-driven, proven, evidence-based programs and practices, Mind Springs Health assists all ages in living happy and healthy lives. Look for more information at www.MindSpringsHealth.org.