Ecotherapy is applied ecopsychology, a developing field that considers human identity, psyche, and spirit, as inseparably and intimately part of the natural world. Ecotherapy puts counselling and psychotherapy in this wider context of our connection with all life. Healing – becoming whole - involves spending time rebuilding and nurturing this relationship. Remembering our own true nature enriches our lives. The corollary is that our psychological distress is always, deep down, bound up with the current environmental crisis and climate change. We do not have to take everything personally; feelings of uncertainty, grief, and a sense of loss are rational responses.
Ecotherapy involves facilitating contact and connection with Nature to effect positive change in wellbeing. In practice, this can mean getting out into Nature, getting up close and personal, engaging in a way that removes or cleanses the filters so that we are reminded of our membership of the Earth community; this brings gratitude and joy. Research shows that this 'soft fascination' is deeply restorative of psychological health and general wellbeing.
The Natural World can also support us, as we support it; our fellow creatures are our allies as we ally with them. Any personal work to support our resilience, and to strengthen the personal resources for how we cope, must therefore take into account how we are responding to the cry of the Earth, both individually and collectively. What is life-affirming for us is life-affirming for our home Planet as a whole, and vice versa; what is life-sustaining for our home Planet is life-sustaining for us humans, individually and collectively, and vice versa.
We have therapists specialising in Ecotherapy at the following centres....