Ecopsychology & Ecotherapy

Ecopsychology is challenging to clearly define as there are many views on the varied and eclectic field. One of the first definitions was by Roszak (1995): Broadly defined, ecopsychology: is 1) The emerging synthesis of ecology and psychology. 2) The skillful application of ecological insights to the practice of psycholotherapy. 3) The discovery of our emotional bond withe the planet. 4) Defining “sanity” as if the whole world mattered.

Ecotherapy is applied ecopsychology or ecopsychology in action focusing on work that heals our relationship with the natural world.

New York Times, January 31, 2010: “Is There an Ecological Unconscious?” by Daniel B. Smith

Buzzell, L. & Chalquist, C. (2009) Ecotherapy: Healing With Nature in Mind. CA: Sierra Club Books.

Time Magazine, July 28, 2009: – “’Eco-therapy’ for Environmental Depression” by Bryan Walsh

Winter, D. & Koger, S. (2004). The Psychology of Environmental Problems: Second Edition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum

Fisher, A. (2002) Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life. NY: State University of New York Press.

Roszak, T. (2001) Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology. MI: Phanes Press.

Clinebell, H. (1996). Ecotherapy: Healing Ourselves, Healing the Earth. UK: Routledge.

Roszak, T., Gomes, M, & Kanner, A.(1995) Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. CA: Sierra Club Books.


Ecopsychology Journal:

Ecotherapy – Healing with Nature in Mind:

Gatherings – A Journal of Ecopsychology:

Holos Institute:

John Davis’ webpage – Ecopsychology and Environmental Psychology:


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