Climate, Psychology and Change: Psychotherapy in a time when the familiar is dying

Editor : Steffi Bednarek

Climate, Psychology and Change: Psychotherapy in a time when the familiar is dying

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : April 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 256
  • Category :
    Forthcoming
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 97033
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494964
  • ISBN 10 : 9781913494
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As humanity is facing a climate emergency, mental health professionals have entered uncharted territory. There is no blueprint for how the psycho-social profession is supposed to meet the fact that the continuation of human and more than human life on Earth is endangered by Western lifestyles. Nobody can figure out on their own how therapists should respond in a time when the familiar no longer provides all the answers.

Bringing together the voices of senior psychotherapists from around the world, this volume reflects on the ways in which the psychotherapy profession needs to widen its thinking and practice in order to be able to respond to the complex, interconnected challenges of our time. Because climate change represents a superordinate form of trauma that is triggering all other forms of unresolved, personal, inter-generational and cultural traumas, we are effectively given no option but to fundamentally re-arrange our perception of what it means to be human in an inter-connected, living world.

This book explores the need for the decolonisation of the mental health profession, notions of environmental justice, biospheric trauma, and anthropocentrism, and invites the reader to examine their own responses and contributions towards a collaborative exploration of what the mental health professions have to offer at this threshold moment for humanity’s future.

About the Editor(s)

I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist, Trauma therapist and Climate Psychologist, and a consultant on climate psychology, systems thinking, and trauma informed systems change. I have worked in private practice for almost 20 years and as a consultant to government, the corporate sector, global financial institutions and large international NGOs. My work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the BBC, Ed Miliband's "Reasons to be cheerful' Podcast, Resurgence Magazine & the Ecologist, and numerous international publications. My articles have been translated into several different languages, including Russian. I am currently writing a book for North Atlantic Books on Climate change and trauma. I am an associate of the Climate Psychology Alliance, member of the Climate Coaching Alliance and co-founder and co-editor of the 'Explorations into climate Psychology' journal. I am also a Tedx speaker.

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