At home outdoors

Kelly Kilcoyne at one of the outdoor spaces he personally visits to process and ground himself. April 10, 2023.

Psychotherapist Kelly Kilcoyne sat on a couch in his Half Moon Bay office explaining how he helps clients from Pescadero to Pacifica achieve emotional wellness through nature. Hanging on the wall behind him was a large-format photograph of redwood trees stretching up into a sunlit sky. On the other side of the room, natural objects like driftwood and bird feathers were piled high on a tabletop.

“It is kind of a spiritual center in the room where people can take something and hold it while they’re talking,” said Kilcoyne, referring to the collection of nature mementos.

April Seager is a staff writer covering events and endeavors in the Coastside community. She received a master of arts in German literature from Brigham Young University and completed graduate work in German studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  

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