From Publishers Weekly
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.
David W. Orr is Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and the author of "The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention, The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror, Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, " and "Ecological Literacy."