Earth Centered Therapy for Modern Day Growth and Healing
Andrea Bell, LCSW joins the EatMoveLive52 Podcast to talk about how nature, even in the midst of an urban environment, can promote healthy personal growth and a healthier planet!
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About Andrea Bell, Ecotherapy, and Somaticwise
About Andrea Bell, LCSW
The primary focus of Adrea’s therapy practice is the treatment of trauma and its aftereffects. Along with Somatic Experiencing, she ncorporates aspects of other therapeutic modalities, including humanistic, behavioral and psychodynamic approaches.
Andrea is also an ecotherapist, which means that she supports healing the relationship between nature and humans. She helps people access and experience their love for nature, and how nature supports self-regulation (and feeling good!). She also support people in moving through the grief and pain of eco-anxiety, including engaging in giving back to nature.
Andrea serves as an Assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, where she organizes and helps teach SE to clinicians at SE trainings in Los Angeles, Orange County, and internationally.
Topics with Andrea Bell
- You are an MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist) and SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner), how did you become interested in eco-therapy? Are there any defining experiences, say from your childhood that you think prepared you for this path?
- Can you share with our listeners what ecotherapy and ecopsychology are? Who practices them and where are their roots? Does eco-therapy involve just being in nature or gardening or conservation?
- What are the benefits of being in nature? Short term and long term? Both physical and psycho-emotional?
- Can you speak a bit about eco-anxiety? Why do people often choose to do nothing to help the environment?
- When we do our part to clean up the environment, how does that help us feel better and impact our health?
- What does a typical eco-therapy experience look like and feel like? What have you noticed in yourself and others as a result of the practice?
- If you live in a city, what is the best thing to do to support your health? Will a park do? Or do you have to drive farther so you can be away from noise and pollution?
- To enjoy the benefits of eco-therapy do you have to be alone, or can you be in a larger group? Do we gain or lose something by being alone or in a group?
- What activities can people do for the Earth that have the biggest impact on their wellbeing? Roland shares that daily recycling really blends in, while the city clean-up makes him feel great.
- If people want to know more about you and what you do, where can they find you and what resources do you recommend for the eco-curious?
Andrea Bell, Ecotherapy, and Somaticwise Links and Resources
Find out more about Andrea.
Andrea’s Email – Andrea (at) SomaticWise (dot) net
Watch Andrea’s “Urban Biodiversity Oasis” on YouTube
Recommended Ecotherapy Book
Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist
Listen to Andy Fisher talk Ecopsychology
This conversation is a wide-ranging exploration of the new field of ecopsychology. It includes discussions of how the lived body and Buddhist psychology figure in this field, as well as the radical implications of reconnecting our minds to nature.
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