Holding the Hope: Reviving psychological and spiritual agency in the face of climate change

Editor : Linda Aspey, Editor : Catherine Jackson, Editor : Diane Parker, Foreword By : Sally Weintrobe

Holding the Hope: Reviving psychological and spiritual agency in the face of climate change

Book Details

  • Publisher : PCCS Books
  • Published : March 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 252
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 97260
  • ISBN 13 : 9781915220271
  • ISBN 10 : 1915220270
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Global heating, catastrophic climate change and the growing reality of ecosystem damage and accelerated species extinction hang over us all. For the counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, coaches and their supervisors who make up the talking therapy professions, these topics are increasingly coming up in their work. They must deal both with their clients' and communities' emotions and responses - their fear, anger, denial, grief, helplessness and hopelessness - and with their own. The chapters in this thought-provoking, honest, moving and sobering book explore the frameworks, theoretical constructs and ways of working they have devised to hold hope and build agency in the face of all this complexity, uncertainty and injustice. Contributors from a range of cultural backgrounds and professional disciplines discuss our inter-relationships with the natural world, indigenous practices and understandings, acknowledging our betrayal of our children and young people, how to go on practising at the edge of despair, staying well in unwell times, 'rewilding' hope, deep adaptation coaching and much more.

About the Editor(s)

Sally Weintrobe, a practising psychoanalyst, is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London. She sees a psychoanalytic approach as a vital part of understanding how to engage people about the seriousness of climate change and how to understand current levels of denial. She has written and lectured widely on these subjects and on our relationship with nature. Her commitment to fostering interdisciplinary exchange with other human scientists about engaging with climate change has resulted in the book Engaging with Climate Change.

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