Clinical Applications of an Eco-Informed Approach to Therapy: A Systemic Perspective

  • Katherine M. Hertlein
  • Sarah A. Hechter
Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)


This chapter argues that there is a natural alignment between family therapy and ecology given that humans and nature are not separate and distinct entities but instead are interrelated. Operating from this premise, this chapter outlines and discusses methods and interventions to utilize in therapy that incorporate nature. Some examples include how to utilize outdoor experiences, using nature metaphors or using nature objects therapeutically, nature restoration experiences, wilderness immersion, and animal assisted therapies. A case example is provided to illustrate the ideas that have been presented.


Ecology and family therapy Ecotherapy interventions Nature restoration interventions Therapeutic nature metaphors Animal assisted therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine M. Hertlein
    • 1
  • Sarah A. Hechter
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NevadaLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.Addo Recovery: RainbowLas VegasUSA

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