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From eco- +‎ psychotherapy; perhaps influenced by ecopsychology and ecopsychiatry.


ecopsychotherapy (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Nature-centered psychotherapy: the use of nature to promote mental health.
    • 1998, Randall White, “Psychiatry and Ecopsychology”, chapter 13 of Ante Lundberg (editor), The Environment and Mental Health: A Guide for Clinicians,[1] Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, ISBN 9780805829075, page 211:
      In [Paul] Shepard’s and [Theodore] Roszak’s version, providing ecopsychotherapy and changing our child rearing practices will reunite us with nature and help us avert environmental catastrophe.
    • 1998, George William Burns, Nature-Guided Therapy: Brief Integrative Strategies for Health and Well-being,[2] Psychology Press, ISBN 978-0-87630-850-9, page 76:
      While psychotherapy has traditionally looked within the individual for answers, ecopsychotherapy explores how the answers may be found in our relationship with the natural environment.
    • 2004, Sebastiano Santostefano, Child Therapy in the Great Outdoors: A Relational View,[3] Routledge, ISBN 978-0-88163-426-6, page 155:
      Ecopsychotherapy was formulated by Burns (1998) [] In broad terms, ecopsychotherapy proposes that it is beneficial to shift attention away from internal personal problems toward sensory experiences that bring pleasure.