Nature is as essential to humankind as water is to a fish. Eco psychology studies the relationship between humans and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles. It also seeks to develop an understanding of how nature shapes our emotional states and helps foster a deeper connection to self. It has been found that through our connections with nature, individuals improve their interpersonal relationship and emotional wellbeing.
An integral part of the eco psychology practice is to remove psychotherapy, and the individual, from the interior of office buildings and homes and place them outdoors. By doing so, we invite individuals to connect in a profound way to the unitive concept of interrelationship to all. By exploring the emotional bonds with nature, individuals are invited to reestablish an emotional bond to our mother, Mother Earth. Through such transformative experiences, we begin healing the split between planet and self which often plagues modern society. Ecological considerations are addressed while re-establishing a new relationship of respect from the inside out.
Areas of Development Include:
- Healing influences of nature
- Development of the collective self
- Re-establishing developmental attachment concerns
- Establishing earth-based spiritual practices
- Creating healthy alternatives to materialism and consumerism
- Ecological education
Resources Related to Eco Psychology
M. Day. Ecopsychology and the Restoration of Home. 1998. The Humanistic Psychologist.Vol. 26. Issue 1-3.
S. Foster with M. Little. The Book of the Visionquest: Personal Transformation in the Wilderness. 1987 Prentice Hall Press, New York
T. Roszak. The voice of the Earth: An exploration of ecopsychology. 1993 Touchstone, New York.
C. Glendinning. My Name is Chellis & I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization. 1994 Shambhala, Boston.
T. Roszak, M.E. Gomes, A.D. Kanner (Eds). Ecopsychology, restoring the earth healing the mind. 1995 Sierra Club Books, San Francisco.
H. Clinebell. Ecotherapy: Healing Ourselves, Healing the Earth. 1996 Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN.
D.D. Winter. Ecological Psychology: Healing the split between planet and self. 1996 Harper Collins, New York.
J. Macy & M.Y. Brown. Coming Back to Life: Practices to reconnect our lives, our world. 1998 New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, B.C.
R. Metzner. Green Psychology: Transforming Our Relationship to the Earth. 1999 Park Street Press,