Hellenic Ecopsychology Society

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At a glance

What is Ecopsychology

After so many years of psychotherapy and the developing theories about the human soul and its structure, it makes us wonder why since we found the solution through psychotherapy, there is always an increase in mental health problems to human beings.

Modern Western man has been sidetracked by the biological center of his existence through the isolation of the senses, emotions and the disruption of interpersonal relationships. This has led him, along with other factors, in pathological situations such as stress, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders leading him in search  of relief in consumerism,  dependency from substances  or  relationships and in alternative, but non-scientific ‘cures’ that lead him to a vicious circle.

Ecopsychology aims to re-define  human existence through natural awakening for adults and children, in order to develop a healthy personality with mental and physical health and promotes the development of cognitive, mental and social skills. This is achieved through specially designed seminars and experiential exercises in the physical environment, individually and collectively, which are attuned to the needs of the individual or group.

Ecopsychology- a term derived from the Greek words ecology and psychology- was first used by Theodore Roszak, professor of history at the University of California and author of the  book “The voice of the earth.”

Even if this sounds innovative today, treatment applied by nature, derives  from ancient times in other forms, although not formally including the science of psychology and has positive effects on  human psyche.  Remarkable leading psychoanalysts have reported on the influence of nature on human psychology in their writings, primarily to be Jung and Freud. Scientists at Harvard University argue that humans have an innate affinity with the natural world, apparently an internal biological need that is useful in our development. This view is based on a number of researches on how people respond in open green landscapes, scattered trees, pastures, waters, and elevated landscapes.

In recent years this type of approach has a scientific background and is applied in large mental health centers abroad, mostly in England and Japan.