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Psychotherapist Buzzell and psychology professor Chalquist (Terrapsychologist) gather 29 contributors to explore traditional psychotherapy at the intersection of the human and the environment. This next-generation update of the Sierra Club's 1995 Ecopsychology finds one of the editors of that volume, Theodore Rosak, comparing society's "relentless pursuit of money" with Aztec "blood sacrifice," and urging all psychologists to challenge the prevailing ethos. Mary E. Gomes, another editor of Ecopsychology, considers an extention of the community circle to "all that lives and all that has left this world," treating lost species "as we would a friend, a family member, a beloved." Buzzell explores the precepts of ecotherapy (probing "human-nature" as well as "human-human" relationships) and its questions ("Are there animals in your life? Special environments where your heart opens and life feels right?"). Chalquist provides an overview of ecotherapy research while exploring the idea that a missing "psychology of homecoming" is the result of an artificial divide between "scientific knowledge" and "indigenous wisdom." Other sections explore ecotherapy in practice, helping couples bond to nature, treating animal trauma, and the healing methods of wilderness therapy.
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About the Author

Linda Buzzell has worked as a production company vice president at Columbia and Lorimar, a development executive for Jacques Cousteau, and an associate producer of documentaries for ABC and PBS.

As the founder and director of the Entertainment Industry Career Institute, she has helped thousands of people in the entertainment industry with both personal and professional issues. She teaches at the American Film Institute and lives in California.

Craig Chalquist teaches psychology and related fields at John F. Kennedy University and is the author of two previous books. He lives in Walnut Creek, California.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; 1St Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578051614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578051618
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a reason that parks and gardens exist in urban areas, and that our psyches have become more fragmented the more estranged we become from nature. Studies prove that even a glimpse of wildlife, forest, sea or sky can send our human hearts soaring. Nature provides a profound healing energy that helps reduce our symptoms, cure our wounds and worry, and breathes into us creative life. In Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, author/editors and breakthough therapists Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist provide a clinical and common sense approach to how nature influences and why we should care about the human-ecology connection. It provides therapists of many disciplines an enhanced methodology to more insightfully treat their patients. Given our current, global state of environmental crisis, this book is a must-read.
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The new book ECOTHERAPY: Healing with Nature in Mind edited by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist (with a Foreword by David Orr) is quintessential reading for anyone concerned about personal AND social change AND recognizing the emerging patterns that are on the cutting edge of our new conversations. Im so glad that this book is out. But why, with all of our new technology, did it take 3 years to put this together, is my only complaint.

Finally a bridge has emerged to fuse the two seemingly separate worlds of psychology and ecology. Yes indeed a breakthrough. Psychology needs to get out of its head and navel gazing and move into the world AND the world of NATURE where we are intricately interconnected. And ecology (and environmentalism, per se) needs to get out of complaining about our woes and forgo the many guilt trips to discover a way for humans can actually feel and comprehend and act in the world from a centered place of our earth-natured human-ness.

The contributors of this excellent anthology are not merely academic in that stodgy sense but intellectuals who have heart AND are active in their communities. Just to give you some contributor names of outstanding people doing excellent work in real personal and social change (and who are preparing the foundation for whats coming down the pike) include deep ecologist Joanna Macy, peak oil activist Richard Heinberg, Transition Town leader Linda Buzzell, Robert Greenway, Transition Town activist Sarah Edwards, former mayor of Sebastopol Larry Robinson, Bill McKibben, famed Simplicity activist Cecile Andrews, farmer and Vet activist Shepherd Bliss, eco-spiritual publisher Lauren deBoer...
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Applied ecopsychology embraces a range of nature-based methods of psychological healing and this book packs in essays by leaders in the field, from Theodore Roszak to Mary Watkins. Links between spirituality, community development and psychological healing make for a powerful mental health pick recommended for both college-level and general public libraries strong in alternative psychology.
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As a clinical psychology grad student, I have always been fascinated by environmental influences, especially how healing our earth/planet can be. This book is a great read for those interested in learning more about how "environment earth" can be healing and restorative to the mind and soul. Have you ever been outside on a sunny day and found yourself just basking in the warmth of the sun or the smell of the earth or the sounds that tall pine trees make as they blow in the wind? Do you remember how tranquil that felt? If so, you know exactly how our earthly environment can heal and restore. If no, try it sometime soon. It is a wonderful feeling if you stop to take the time to relish it.

That my friends is how ecotherapy is a healing source.
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As a licensed professional counselor who has been applying the principals of ecotherapy in my practice for years,
I have just recently discovered that it is a growing niche within the field, and that there are others who share my conviction of the importance of reconnecting people to the natural world. I very much needed this book, and the articulate voices here-in,
to nurture my practice (praxis) and find others with whom to build a network.
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This is a great book for those seeking to add a ecological approach to their therapeutic sessions with clients. It gives some out of the box ideas, namely wilderness therapy. I enjoyed that it was an edited book too, which means that various professionals in their fields were represented. Great read!
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Enjoyed about 30% of this lightweight book. The writing is not great and the ideas are nothing new. "Listening to the Land" was a far more inspiring read.
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