November 11 2023

No Man is an Island: the world in your consulting room in a time of climate breakdown

Judith Anderson

In this presentation, Judith explores the ways in which an alarmingly changing climate impinges on our work, from the direct impact of temperature change on the body/mind, the traumatic effects of climate-related disasters, and the many varieties of eco-distress. How can we find a path between apocalyptic thinking and 'business as usual’? What skills have therapists to offer to a situation of collective trauma that challenges our ideas of individual transformation? What do Jungians in particular bring to the situation?

Dr Judith Anderson has a background in psychiatry and trained as a Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist with the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy in the 1990s. She has a longstanding interest in how social issues and psychotherapy interact, chairing Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility for some years. Hearing Jungian Mary-Jayne Rust speak in 2005 on climate change led to this becoming a focus. She became part of the founding group of Climate Psychology Alliance and has been Chair of its Board of Directors since 2020. She is passionate about the need for psychotherapists to become ‘climate-aware’. 

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