Evaluating How Mental, Physical, and Relational Health Are Tied to Ecological Issues

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


This chapter examines how our mental, physical, and relational health are tied to the health of the ecosystem. Many of the common presenting problems we see in therapy (e.g., alienation, depression, anxiety, a sense of meaninglessness, and relational conflict) are tied to three critical and often unrecognized factors: (1) the impact of nature-deficit; (2) an addiction to technology and other secondary sources; and (3) exposure to environmental toxicity. Examples are provided to help illuminate how many of the most common mental and physical health symptoms we see in therapy are linked to these three factors. The chapter outlines how therapists can assess and intervene to address common problems in ways that address the underlying influence of these three factors.


Eco therapy Nature-deficit Technology addiction Environmental illness 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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