Bird Therapy is a writing project exploring the therapeutic benefits of birdwatching for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health. I’ve been writing on this topic for two years now, both as a blog and also as a book – which is close to completion. This has led to me being asked to write a number of guest blogs and articles which can be viewed under the writing tab above. My ongoing Bird Therapy blog can also be found under this tab.
In 2017 I was asked to speak at an ‘Earth Optimism’ event at Cambridge UCCRI. The talk was a success and public speaking about Bird Therapy is something I offer – more information on this can be found under the outreach tab above. I had hoped to facilitate some group work but I’ve come to realise that this isn’t viable at this stage in my life; although who knows what the future may hold?
Bird Therapy is run by me - Joe Harkness. I’m a qualified teacher who has been working in the youth sector for nine years. My specialist area of work has always been the engagement of hard-to- reach target groups.
I live with OCD, generalised anxiety disorder and sporadic bouts of depression and use the outdoors and birdwatching to help manage my symptoms and compulsions. I decided to use my own interest in outdoor learning and my positive experiences with birdwatching to create a more practical way to apply my theories and beliefs.