Eco-Psychotherapy: Therapy with the Earth in Mind with Mary Jayne Rust
May 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm£35 – £50
As the reality of climate change is now sinking into mainstream society, people are beginning to suffer from ‘climate anxiety’ and ‘climate grief’. While many of us declare we ‘love nature’, we are also part of a system which is poisoning and destroying much of life on earth. This grave reality can trigger strong feelings such as overwhelm, guilt, rage, grief, impotence and fear which clients may bring to sessions in a variety of ways. While climate change has become the focus of concern, it is part of a much bigger story about our dysfunctional relationship with the rest of nature, in which we humans see ourselves as separate from, and superior to, the more-than-human world. Psychotherapy has grown out of this worldview; as an urban profession we see our suffering and healing only in the context of human relationships. Yet, if we listen, we will hear stories of love and loss in our relationships with the land, animals, plants and more. We also continue to struggle with a very ambivalent relationship with ourselves as animals. This session will be a chance to look at the main themes of eco-psychotherapy, including a variety of examples from therapy practice. I will be offering a talk and discussion followed by some experiential time in the gardens, weather permitting!
Mary-Jayne Rust is a psychotherapist, inspired by trainings in art therapy, feminist psychotherapy and Jungian analysis. Journeys to Ladakh (on the Tibetan plateau) in the early 1990’s alerted her to the seriousness of the ecological crisis, and its cultural, economic and spiritual roots. Alongside her therapy practice she lectures, teaches and writes about ecopsychology, a growing field of inquiry into the psychological dimensions of ecological crisis. Her publications can be found on www.mjrust.net, including Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis. Eds M.J. Rust & Nick Totton. Karnac, London 2011 and Towards and Ecopsychotherapy, Confer Books, forthcoming. She grew up beside the sea and is wild about swimming. Now she lives and works beside ancient woodland in North London.
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