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Review of ecotherapy: healing with nature in mind

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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc
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  • L000 Social Sciences
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  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Psychology

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This is a four-part review of the new book Ecotherapy: Healing With Nature in Mind edited by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist and published by Sierra Club Books. Bringing together four different perspectives offers an opportunity for a dimensional review that is representative of the many practices this book is intended to inform. Lisa Lynch and Thomas Doherty, as teachers of ecopsychology, review the text at both the undergraduate and graduate psychology level. They look at the book as an important representation of the ever-evolving fi eld of ecopsychology and suggest ways the text could be stronger, and emphasize the ways in which it makes a necessary contribution to their teaching. Martin Jordan reviews the book from across the Atlantic in England and suggests that the book could have attended to a more inclusive perspective. As a scholar and practitioner he is able to emphasize certain essays and how they make a contribution to the work he is doing. Sandra Newes reviews Ecotherapy from the point of view as a professionally trained Clinical Psychologist who is grateful to have found these many techniques that serve to support in incorporating a relationship and connection to nature into her psychotherapeutic practice. We chose this format in order to provide a round table of voices that each contribute a unique and important perspective. It is intended to give the reader a beginning at which to evaluate the text on their own, glean what is useful, and perhaps contribute in some way to the ever-evolving form of ecopsychology and ecotherapy.

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