What Is an Eco-Informed Approach to Family Therapy?

  • Tracey A. Laszloffy
Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)


This chapter identifies the epistemological issues that support an eco-informed approach to family therapy (FT). It examines why FTs should be at the forefront of connecting ecological issues with clinical practice, and it explains and critiques why this has not yet happened. The current perils our planet faces are identified and an argument is advanced for why we, as FTs and human beings, need to be concerned about these perils and committed to taking action to address them. This chapter lays out an eco-informed approach to family therapy that considers the influence of three factors: (1) a lack of contract with nature; (2) exposure to environmental trauma and toxicity; and (3) the link between all forms of oppression and exploitation that result in inequality and suffering.


Ecotherapy Ecological family therapy Nature-deficit disorder Environmental trauma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tracey A. Laszloffy
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Relationship HealingNorwichUSA

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