Theodore Roszak first wrote of his theory of Ecopsychology in the 1990’s. The basic premise is that our human relationship with creation is not taken into account in the traditional therapeutic approaches. As history moves on, we become further and further away from nature – in psychotherapy and in life. In Ecopsychology, part of our work in therapy is to look at and develop our relationship with nature.
Roszak writes about the historical reasons for why this happened. He also writes about times when and societies where humans had/have a deep personal relationship with nature. Roszak talks about paths that we may follow to reclaim our relationship with nature. He cautions us about what will happen to our minds, and souls if we do not stop in our steps and choose to follow another path in which we become one of parts of nature, rather than the exploiter of the other parts of nature.
Theodore Roszak is recognized as the founder of Ecopsychology. The following are two key books.
The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology
by Theodore Roszak, 1992.
Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth/Healing the Mind
by Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes, et al., 1995.