The garden is often seen as a refuge and a place to forget worldly cares. Sue Stuart-Smith, author of the book "The Well-Gardened Mind," discusses how gardening can aid in the recovery from experiences of loss and trauma. Inspired by the story of her grandfather’s return after war, her research incorporates Sigmund Freud’s obsession with flowers, the study of therapeutic gardening programs in prisons and hospitals, contemporary research into the health benefits of green spaces, and how connecting with nature can help treat symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression.
This presentation will be followed by a moderated Q & A
Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of "The Well Gardened Mind", a Sunday Times Bestseller. She studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor and working in the National Health Service for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire. She currently teaches at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London and is a consultant at DocHealth, a not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for doctors. She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer, and, over thirty years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire. Her book, The Well Gardened Mind, analyses the relationship between gardening and mental health.