TITLE: “Pacific Quest – Horticulture Therapy – Cultivating Change!”
The therapeutic response to nature is a result of thousands of years of human evolution. Prior to the institutionalization of mental health services, issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma were ameliorated through simple tasks of daily living.
Back to the earth “Horticultural Therapy” combines the art and science of growing flowers, vegetables, fruits and trees with the most current theories in human behavior, neuroscience and counseling psychology. Horticultural therapy utilizes gardening activities in conjunction with traditional counseling techniques to meet specific therapeutic treatment goals.
Join us as Dr. Freedle discusses the approach of placing students in caregiving roles, and the results gained in an experiential environment that is both growth-focused and life-affirming. The gardens at Pacific Quest offer a living example of what growth looks like, creating a culture where words and actions are matched, leaving students with empowering life skills that are transferable beyond the garden.
DR. LORRAINE FREEDLE
Dr. Lorraine R. Freedle is a board certified Pediatric and School Neuropsychologist with over 25 years experience in clinical practice and administration in children’s behavioral health and experiential therapy. She has extensive experience treating young people and families impacted by trauma, loss, substance abuse, ADHD, mood disturbances, TBI, and a variety of neurodevelopmental and learning disorders through evidence-based practices. She is also a gifted clinical administrator and staff development specialist committed to developing high performing teams.
Lorraine was most attracted to Pacific Quest’s whole-person, nature-based model. She states, “A lot of programs talk about such an approach, but PQ actually harnesses the power of nature and practices complete wellness, with qualified staff working together on every aspect. PQ works because it is an individualized, comprehensive and neurodevelopmentally-informed approach. Everyone’s brain works differently. At PQ we can design strategies that reach our students and move them through a deep and lasting change process.”