Ecotherapy in Practice reflects the growing interest and research in this field. Drawing on a diversity of experience from the counselling and psychotherapy professions, but also from practitioners in community work, mental health and education, this book explores the exciting and innovative possibilities involved in practising outdoors.

Caroline Brazier brings to bear her experience and knowledge as a psychotherapist, group worker and trainer over several decades to think about therapeutic work outdoors in all its forms. The book presents a model of ecotherapy based on principles drawn from Buddhist psychology and Western psychotherapy which focuses particularly on the relationship between person and environment at three levels, moving from the personal level of individual history to cultural influences, then finally to global circumstances, all of which condition mind-states and psychological wellbeing.

Ecotherapy in Practice will provide refreshing and valuable reading for psychotherapists and counsellors in the field, those interested in Buddhism, and other mental health and health professionals working outdoors

part 1|46 pages

The therapeutic container

chapter 1|15 pages

Conditions for change

chapter 2|15 pages

Embodied presence

chapter 3|15 pages

Sacred space

part 2|47 pages

The theoretical base

chapter 4|17 pages

Concepts, models and practicalities

chapter 5|14 pages

Object-related identity

chapter 6|15 pages

Triangular relationship

part 3|50 pages

Personal process

chapter 7|17 pages

The personal frame

chapter 8|16 pages

Conditioned view

chapter 9|16 pages


part 4|47 pages

Collective and cultural frames

chapter 10|18 pages

Collective process, myth and ritual

chapter 11|14 pages

Working with myth and story

chapter 12|14 pages


part 5|47 pages

Global context and wider horizons

chapter 13|17 pages

Environmentally-based therapy in context

chapter 14|15 pages


chapter 15|14 pages

Embedded living