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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


Theory, Research and Practice

ISBN 9781137486875
Publication Date July 2016
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

In this thought-provoking book, Jordan and Hinds provide a comprehensive exploration of this emerging area of practice. Divided into three parts, the book offers a unique examination of a range of theoretical perspectives, unpacks the latest research and provides a wealth of illuminating practice examples, with a number of chapters dedicated to authors' own first-hand experiences of the positive psychological effects of having contact with nature.

Whilst the idea of using nature to improve mental and emotional wellbeing has existed for many years, growing levels of interest in holistic, reciprocal relationships with nature have led to the development of ecotherapy as an explicit field of research. This is the much needed academically rigorous, yet engaging, introduction for Counselling and Psychotherapy students new to the subject as well as  experienced professionals wanting to expand their understanding of this fast paced area of study and practice.

Martin Jordan is a Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist and expert in the field of Ecotherapy. Formerly, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK.

Joe Hinds is a Psychotherapist and counsellor, and is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.



This important new anthology integrates ecotherapy theory, practice and research to offer a range of approaches for establishing healing relations with the natural world. Ecotherapy's move beyond an outdated, mechanistic view of self as separate from world has implications and consequences as immediate as personal health and as wide as an Earth-honoring worldview. – Craig Chalquist, Professor and Department Chair of East-West Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA
For the practitioner of the 21st Century, there is no greater calling than tending the relationship between personal health and ecological well-being. No longer may the two be separated. Organized seamlessly, Ecotherapy brings together conceptual and applied writings from experts in the field – a must-read 'toolkit' for students and mentors in all fields of study. – Stephen Aizenstat, Chancellor & Founding President, Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA
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