NYC therapist Alison Pepper, LCSW writes on alternative ways to support a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness.

How can we find ways to live a healthy lifestyle?  Sometimes we need to think about how we do things both individually and as a society. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel but it can be helpful to shake things up, think outside of the box, and be creative especially when helping each other live and cope with everyday stressors in our lives. 

Psychotherapy for adults, and play therapy for children are powerful tools for improving mental health and a great place to create a plan for implementing your wellness goals.  In my professional experience as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist and neurofeedback trainer there is a lot of tools for supporting change.

healthy lifestyle nature therapy

4 Alternatives Therapies To Support A Healthy Lifestyle

group therapy nyc support group

1) Group Therapy

Group therapy is a place where people with shared life experiences can come together to mutually support one another, learn and grow within the safety of a therapist lead environment. Groups can be more short-term solution focused, more relational in nature, more more long term depending on what therapist and clients need and want. Group therapy is a wonderful modality for adults, children, and teens. 

2) Buddhist Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Meditation

More and more people are becoming familiar with Buddhist teachings and philosophy these days. Mindfulness meditation as well can be read about in books, listened to on podcasts, and explored on apps like Headspace and Budhify; however, many of these teachings and practices are best explored one on one between people who are working to understand themselves for the benefit of others.  Click here for more information about our NYC Buddhist Psychotherapy Private Practice.  See also: Does Mindfulness Meditation Work?

neurofeedback therapy

3) Neurofeedback

The Dynamical NeurOptimal® system is an advanced mental fitness tool that can promote more calm in your life and cope with everyday life’s stressors. The feedback is experienced through listening to a song and sessions are 33 minutes long. NeurOptimal Neurofeedback is safe for adults, children of all ages, and it’s a wonderful tool to bring bring into your home to train the whole family. Here’s a testimonial:

I’ve used the NeurOptimal neurofeedback machine for 2 months to help manage my stressful job and life – training 2-3 times a week. I’m becoming noticeably more comfortable in both personal and professional situations, hooray! It feels great to have found a tool that has truly helped move the needle on issues I’ve been experiencing (self-esteem, performance anxiety), (and trying to resolve in various ways) for years.

To learn a bit more about NeurOptimal, click here to learn more about your training options

Here’s a fun explanation on how neurofeedback works

Video from NeurOptimal.com

4) Nature Therapy

Psychotherapy tends to be a verbal exchange that take place between a therapist and client in the safety and comfort of an office. Like you might imagine, nature therapy pushed beyond that model and places client, therapist, and nature to mix together in the healing process. Nature therapy sessions take place outside in unique settings like a clients back yard, a community garden, a cemetery, or beach to name a few. Nature therapy is not for everyone but can be a powerful tool for those hoping to heal in non-traditional ways outside of the therapy office. Nature therapy is great for creative adults, teens, or young children.

Learn more about joining our NYC Therapy Group here

nature therapy
Nature Therapy

Learn more on how to cope with Stress:

Ways to Relax and Find Perspective in a Chaotic World


Written by Alison Pepper, LCSW & NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Trainer

Alison Pepper is a NYC Neurofeedback Trainer. She’s also a bilingual therapist for over five years (fluent in both English and Spanish), SIFI certified, and a meditation teacher. 

“I believe all people have the tools to heal ourselves; grow, learn, and reach our full potential. No matter what your age or life circumstances therapy is a safe space to do that work.”

Contact Alison here to schedule an appointment.


Alison Pepper

Therapist Alison Pepper is a practicing bilingual therapist, SIFI certified and a meditation teacher in New York City. Alison has over 6 years of experience working with English and Spanish speaking clients in NYC