One thread runs though the considerable diversity of my life; a fascination with the human condition and our relationship to the other than human world. That fascination has never been purely theoretical and I’ve always been concerned with how life might be nurtured to fuller flowering. This thread led me through philosophy, art, activism and academia, until finally I saw the connection; ecopsychology. I facilitate nature connection workshops, practice as a Counselor and conduct research. I have a PhD in Religious Studies and have published work on ecopsychology, animism, embodied knowing and the power of place.
Kimberly (Kim) Keenan, MS, MSW, LCSW, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the State of Illinois and adjunct professor of graduate studies at The University of Illinois. She earned her PhD in Applied Ecology and has been regionally and nationally recognized for her work specializing in improving food systems within vulnerable communities. In addition to having maintained a thriving family therapy practice, Kim is a national speaker, educator and freelance writer. She is the author of Anxiety Mapping for Kids and has been a contributing author of over 20 articles in her 28 years of experience working with families and communities. Her research in the health benefits of nature is featured in Health Environment & Research Design Journal, “Nature Contacts: Employee Wellness in Healthcare”, Winter 2015. In 2012, she created her own not-for-profit, The gitm Foundation, where she serves as education and research director. She serves on the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity Taskforce, the Homegrown by Heroes Illinois State Veteran Agricultural Workgroup and directs the Tri County Fresh Food Hub.
My experience in academia is as extensive as my work in mental, physical, and spiritual health. During my 15 years a senior lecturer and adjunct professor, I taught a wide range of courses at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as other New England-area colleges and universities, before working as a mental health professional in the Portland, Oregon area and eventually relocating to San Diego to focus on independent therapeutic services. My communication style is both effective as well as non-dogmatic, and allows me to reach easily across generations and cultures. Through my experiences and background as student, professor, mental health professional, and ecopsychoIogy practitioner, I have developed the ability to communicate, engage, and empathetically connect with individuals of diverse cultural, social, and religious backgrounds, including varied ages, genders (including non-binary genders), and sexual orientations.
My graduate and post-graduate research includes ancient Celtic and Megalithic studies, non-traditional fields of research, human health, dialectical thinking, educational issues, eco-rhythms, holotropic breathwork, advanced astrology, the science and art of herbalism, yoga, and tai chi.
I feel that life is a process and, as such, is better lived with at least some modicum of consciousness and sense of personal accountability. We live in a very short-sighted society that seems overwhelmed by the fast-paced environment we have created. This is especially evident in the public’s willingness to accept the current medical model of psychiatric treatment and diagnosis of mental illness disorders that may be, in fact, a direct result of our disconnection from nature. I came to this conclusion after many years’ experience working within the mainstream medical model of psychiatric treatment as a mental health professional as well as a crisis and addiction specialist. In consideration of this, I believe my purpose is to help others better navigate life’s challenges and vicissitudes and that this may best be done using holistically-based mindfulness techniques and practices.
GoodTherapy.org also provides resources about different types of therapy including ecotherapy.
Short Description: Psychotherapist, Ecotherapist, Author, College Educator.
Description: Co-editor with Craig Chalquist of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (Sierra Club Books, 2009) and blogger for The Huffington Post on ecotherapy and ecopsychology. Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Depth Psychology M.A./Ph.D. program in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Ecopsychology. Editorial Board member of Ecopsychology journal, co-editor with Craig Chalquist of Dec. 2015 special issue on “Ecopsychology and the Long Emergency.” Author of “The Many Ecotherapies” chapter in the 2016 Palgrave Macmillan anthology Ecotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, edited by Martin Jordan and Joseph Hinds.
City: Santa Barbara
State or Province: California
Email address: lindabuzzell [at] gmail [dot] com
Tags: ecopsychology, ecotherapy, ecoresilience, ecospirituality.
As a profession, she -along with her colleagues- manages a counselling service and works behind the scenes to ensure that the service stays open for those in need. She is passionate about providing access to mental health services, especially to those who encounter obstacles in obtaining support. She holds a Canadian Certified Counsellor designation.
When she is not at the counselling office, you can find her online as an instructor in psychology (and soon: ecopsychology!) for a global online university. Or you might catch her buying yet another book for her dream library.
Intensely interested in nature of all kinds (Nature with a capital N, human nature, animal nature, nature of relationships, etc.), much of her studies and leisure are related to ecopsychology, ecotherapy, psychology, relational cultural theory, and others.
Convinced that much of our nature is connected to early development and inheritance, Mary is also drawn to subjects like neuroscience, attachment, epigenetics, the formation of values and culture and their relationship to identity, and the subsequent effects of all these on individual and generational resilience.
On a path of unhurried spiritual reflection, she is undergoing a process of decolonization and development by re-immersing in inherited nature-based indigenous traditions and philosophy. One of her most valued inheritance is the innate understanding of living nature namelessly and corporeally (how does one explain this?). She wishes to integrate decolonization methods in the study and teaching of ecopsychology, and in the practice of ecotherapy.
When there’s an extra minute or two, she volunteers for a center on indigenous studies, a school of Thai massage, and sits on a couple of non-profit boards. And when she gets more than a minute, she may dance, pick up a paintbrush, use an old typewriter, and give massage. Everyday she non-verbally communicates with plants and animals and gives thanks through the air. She also sings for no reason at all and to no one in particular.
She hopes to widen her eco-sensitive connections through this directory.
I identify as a depth therapist – psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and ISTDP (intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy.) I have also researched, written about, and practice ecopsychology/ecotherapy. With some clients this includes doing outdoor therapy sessions, when appropriate. At times I also draw on mindfulness and buddhist perspectives.
At times I am able to offer reduced fees to activists, and am available for sessions via skype for those who are not Christchurch or NZ based.
Selina has a strong interest in environmental issues and is committed to supporting people with the impacts of climate change. For example, helping people to understand and address the psychological impacts of climate change, developing personal sustainability to reduce burn-out, and offering a place for people to be heard and seen (to counter the denial and invisibility of climate change).
Selina is a practicing Buddhist and draws on mindfulness practices in her therapy work. She also runs mindfulness workshops with activists, and is developing her work to support organisations working directly with issues related to climate change.
I am one of two UK delegates on the International Adventure Therapy Committee and am vice chair of the Institute of Outdoor Learning Outdoor and Adventure Therapy Special Interest Group (OATSIG).
I’ve worked with the UK Mindfulness Trainers Network helping to develop national guidelines for mindfulness teachers and trainers and am an Ecotherapist and Humanistic Psychology practitioner. Having taught at Salford, Lancaster and Manchester Metropolitan Universities I am now researching the role of nature and mindfulness in the Faculty of Health and Science at the University of Cumbria.
An Ecotherapist and Humanistic Psychology practitioner, I have a BSc(Hons) in Integrated Therapy and an MSc which examined the role of environment in improving health. I am a member of the Mountain Leader Training Association and Institute of Outdoor Learning.
My current work includes helping people with chronic conditions as well as those coping with stress and anxiety. In the past I have worked with a wide range of clients, from young people in the Criminal Justice System through to business executives.
In addition to health based work I have been a mountain leader for over thirty years, former military medic and am an emergency care practitioner. I’m also Casualty Care coordinator of a Lake District mountain rescue team and a medic on adventure races. I am a TRiM (trauma risk management) assessor for Mountain Rescue and the Police.
In addition to the listed website I have a blog at: