Ecopsychological Approaches to Therapy
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This chapter outlines the historical development, theory, and efficacy of ecopsychology including key theorists and scholars of the movement and others who have added layers to its foundation. The case of Jenna, a client struggling with making sense of her anxiety and her connection to the natural world, is offered to illustrate the practice of ecotherapy and the healing potential of a reciprocal relationship with the natural world. The authors presented ways in which therapists can start incorporating ecotherapy within different conventional modalities. A deeper understanding of the human-nature connection and the reciprocity of the relationship is critical in ecotherapy work. First, the therapist, especially if currently working in traditional settings, must assess a client’s connection to nature before introducing nature into their work together. A second important consideration is that the therapist must have a strong working knowledge of the concepts of ecotherapy and EcoWellness before doing the work with others.