The emerging synthesis between ecology and psychology
The study of our emotional and psychological connections to the earth and the other-than-human world and its importance for healthy psychological development, attachment, and self-identity
An exploration of our evolved need for contact with natural environments, the substantial psychological and physical health benefits associated with this for which there is a steadily growing evidence base, and the physical, mental and emotional effects of alientation from nature
- An approach seeking to research ways to motivate and sustain environmental behaviours and its connection with psychological wellbeing
More recently focussing on the psychological impact of climate change and the psychological dimension of the ecological crisis, both causes and consequences, and the increasing recognition that psychology is the key missing link in the climate change debate, an area which he psychoanalytic and psychotherapy communities are increasingly becoming involved in (eg. the Climate Psychology Alliance, UWE's Centre for Psycho-Social Studies, the British Psychoanalytical Society, PCSR, and major psychological associations such as the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.
See also the new book Dodds (2011) Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos: Complexity theory, Deleueze|Guattari and psychoanalysis for a climate in crisis. Click here to order, or download the flyer. If you live in the Czech Republic you can also order it directly from the author.
Ecotherapy is the clinical practice of ecopsychology, an 'applied ecopsychology'
- Ecotherapy involves the application of ecological insight to the practice of psychotherapy including concepts such as mental ecology
- Ecotherapy brings the psychotherapeutic process out of the confines of the consulting room and into nature
- As a practice ecotherapy suggests there is an intimate connection between psychological and ecological wellbeing, of outer and inner natures (Roszak, Gomes and Kanner, Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind, 1995)
- Psychotherapy has traditionally focussed on healing our broken human relationships to others and to self, ecotherapy extends this to include healing our broken relationship and disconnection from the natural world, including dealing with our grief, despair, guilt, stress, apathy and anxiety in the face of environmental destruction and uncertainty
- Ecotherapy has a growing evidence base with ecotherapists now being employed by the UK's National Health Service.
- The UK's leading mental health charity, Mind has recently published a very positive review of evidence for ecotherapy: Mind Report on Ecotherapy and called for it to be offered on a much wider scale for a wide range of mental health problems
- For more information see Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist (2009) Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind and Mary-Jayne Rust and Nick Totton (2012) Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis
INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP SESSIONS
As well as individual sessions, there an ecopsychology group event will be planned soon.
If you are interested please send an email stating your interest in participating in the group.
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