Andy Fisher is a scholar, author and registered psychotherapist from Eastern Ontario, with expertise in both Buddhist Psychology and Ecopsychology.
Andy sits of the editorial board of the journal “Ecopsychology“, the only peer-reviewed journal that places psychology and mental health in an ecological context to recognize the links between human health, culture, and the health of the planet, and also teaches a certificate in ecopsychology along with Craig Chalquist and Linda Buzzell-Saltzman at the Pacifica Graduate Institute.
He is lead author of “Men and Healing: Theory, Research, and Practice in Working with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse” and the book which forms the basis of today’s discussion, “Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life”.
In today’s episode we discuss the relatively new field of ecopsychology which explores the relationship between human beings and the natural world through the lens of ecology and psychology.
We explore how human beings have become alienated from nature and why this matters, the difference between ecopsychology and plain old conservation politics, to what extent capitalism helps or hinders our relationship with the natural world, and if and how it’s possible for both individuals and civilisation as a whole to reconnect with nature.
AndyFisher.ca – Andy’s website
What Is Ecopsychology? – Good introductory blog post by Andy
Men and Healing: Theory, Research, and Practice in Working with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse – Andy’s book (Free PDF version)