Bird Therapy is one thing yet also many other things. It began as a writing project and has grown into a venture that will use bird-watching in a practical way to help people.
For 2 years now I have been writing about the therapeutic benefits of bird-watching on this blog. From the start of the second year I began to transform my blog posts into something more substantial and as of April 2017 I am around 2/3’s of the way through the writing of a book.
In 2016 I decided that I would like to make Bird Therapy into something tangible and I started planning the delivery of therapeutic bird-watching sessions. This idea has also grown and in summer 2017 will become a reality when I start leading some sessions.
This blog and my practical project is sponsored and supported by the fantastic UK optics company ‘Opticron’, who not only donated me a scope for birding but have just donated me 5 sets of binoculars and monoculars for my upcoming work.
My writing has been buoyed by many other people who share my outlook and have been willing enough to share their experiences with me; primarily through an anonymous online survey which can be found on the ‘Online Survey’ tab on the site menu. There is also a tab to a Bird Therapy twitter page where I can be contacted (@BirdTherapy) and I can also be emailed at; email@example.com.
A little bit about me… I suffer from OCD, generalised anxiety disorder and sporadic bouts of depression. I feel that birding has helped me in man ways. I was formally diagnosed in 2013 and throughout the past few years I have been learning to manage my symptoms and compulsions.I love the outdoors and I find the experience of being outdoors reinvigorating and uplifting. I ‘properly’ took up birding as an interest in July 2014 and haven’t looked back. It has given me a positive focus; especially in managing my obsessive behaviours such as organisation, categorisation and list making.
I hope that my experiences and ideas can become something both readable and informative and look forward to hearing from other people.
Joe Harkness aka Bird Therapy