Climate Psychology

Health professionals, whether they work with the mind or the body, have a responsibility to be aware of the threats posed by the combined climate, biodiversity and environmental crises

For psychotherapists this has important implications for our training and practice.  

In the field of Climate Psychology we think about how a focus on emotions can contribute to understanding denial and disavowal and consider the way this interacts with societal systems.

We also look at the effects of climate change on our emotional well-being, the traumatic effects of major incidents such as fires and floods, and gradual challenges, such as repeated droughts. We are also aware of the effects of rising temperatures on mental health and the high levels of eco-anxiety (which is more than just anxiety but includes anger, grief, despair and much more).

With colleagues in the Climate Psychology Alliance (which I now Chair) I contribute to the creation of resources for individuals, therapists, parents, teachers, activists and many more.