Whether we are constantly aware of these feelings or not, once we face the immensity of climate change problems and their implications, we can never be completely free of them
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 23, 2013
President Obama brought climate change to the forefront in his inaugural speech. Environmental devastation is everywhere: ice caps melting; plant and animal species diminishing; air, water and soil polluted. It’s not a pretty picture and, for some, the immediate response might be despair. Holos Institute, a San Francisco bay area counseling center has developed a support group for "eco-resiliency" to address these responses and offer some avenues of change.
“It’s not uncommon for someone to hear about climate change, drought, oil spills and become despondent. We are hoping to create emotional resiliency" said Jan Stein, MFT, who in addition to practicing psychotherapy is the director of Holos Institute, a counseling center in the San Francisco bay area grounded in a new approach to therapy called ecopsychology. Stein and her colleagues have developed support groups for people to process their grief around environmental issues. Co-leader, Jessica Wilson, MFT states, "Whether we are constantly aware of these feelings or not, once we face the immensity of climate change problems and their implications, we can never be completely free of them. The only option is to find some way to move forward, open our hearts wide to loss, and feel gratitude for the beauty and aliveness still within and around us, asking ourselves what our contribution might be however small."
Eco-resiliency groups are free to the public and held the fourth Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Holos' San Francisco office at 310 Third Avenue. For more information, call 415-750-0478 or visit the website at http://www.holosinstitute.net.
Holos Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering affordable, holistically oriented psychotherapy and educational programs. It is one of few non-profit organization in the country to specialize in eco-psychology or the study of human beings and nature through the dual lenses of psychology and ecology.