Faculty Publications

Title

Eco-spiritual helping and postmodern therapy: A deeper ecological framework

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Ecopsychology

Volume

2

Issue

1

First Page

23

Last Page

32

Abstract

Along with some substantial benefits of important scientific and technological advancements in the modern era, we have experienced a significant alienation of humans from the rest of the natural world, manifested by many forms of violence against nature and other living beings. Modernistic therapy approaches and models tend to fragment the person as a whole, focusing on the individual human intellect and/or emotion as being superior or more fundamental than the other natural living processes of our collective world. In this article we propose an alternative model called Eco-Spiritual Helping (ESH) for expanding human consciousness of, and creating reconnection with, the natural world. Historical roots of the model are presented along with the central themes. A composite case example illustrates how ESH can partner with postmodern therapeutic approaches in order to create a deeper ecological approach to helping. We conclude with an appeal for mental health professionals to aid in the reconnection of humans with the natural world. © Copyright 2010, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2010.

Original Publication Date

3-1-2010

DOI of published version

10.1089/eco.2009.0045

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