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Ecopsychology informed coaching and counselling practice: One step at a time!

Location: Workshop was last run in Edinburgh on 17 July, 2019
Next date will be in 2021 and will be run as a virtual workshop using the Zoom Platform. Watch this space.
Time: TBC
Trainer: Prof Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol CBiol FIHPE (Hon)


Ecopsychology is the study the relationship between people and the natural world. Over the past two decades, ecopsychology based research has highlighted how people can benefit from engaging in green exercise and blue exercise which is physical activity in natural environments such as parks and lakes. Ecocoaching and Ecotherapy are applied fields of ecopsychology.


This workshop will include information about ecopsychology theory, research and practice and consider how a practitioner can apply it to their domain of practice such as coaching or counselling. Also it will look at tackling eco-anxiety which appears to be increasing due to the ecological concerns about the planet. A positive psychology and cognitive behavioural approach will be highlighted.

Subject to weather conditions, delegates will be expected to work in pairs or triads and experience a ‘walk and talk’ peer coaching session in the streets and/or gardens of Edinburgh nearby the training facilities. This will give delegates experience of coaching or counselling outside of the practice room or offices. Pre-workshop reading will be emailed as a PDF and/or links to online resources.

The workshop is recognised by the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) as providing CPD/CPE for its Members. This is an ISCP study event therefore members can obtain a reduced delegate rate. There are discounted rates for members of a number of other professional bodies too (see below).


  • To become knowledgeable about ecopsychology and how it can inform coaching and counselling practice


This skills and knowledge based workshop will help participants:

  • To become knowledgeable about ecopsychology theory and research

  • To become knowledgeable about the benefits of green and blue exercise

  • To gain practise of a ‘walk and talk’ coaching session. (NB. If a workshop is run on the zoom virtual platform then this objective maybe adapted)

  • To become knowledgeable about the benefits of using nature inspired imagery to enhance wellbeing and resilience based on ecopsychology research

  • To understand a psychological perspective of eco-anxiety and eco-depression

  • To reduce eco-anxiety by modifying eco-anxiety thoughts (EATs) and beliefs that contribute or trigger the emotional state

  • To use worksheets to tackle eco-anxiety thoughts (EATs) and beliefs

  • To reflect upon how ecopsychology based interventions could be integrated within an ethical coaching and/or counselling practice


​Professor Stephen Palmer PhD, the part-time Director of the Centre for Ecopsychology and wellbeing and Director of the Coaching and Centre for Stress Management. He is a Chartered Psychologist (counselling and health) and Chartered Biologist, an APECS Accredited Executive Coach and Supervisor, International Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited Coaching Psychologist and Supervisor. He holds the European Certificate in Psychology, the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation (ECCac) and is an Accredited European Counsellor. He is a member of the International Community for Ecopsychology (ICE) and the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology.


Stephen is President and Fellow of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Honorary President and Honorary Fellow of the International Stress Management Association, Honorary Fellow and former President of the Association for Coaching. He is co-editor of the International Journal of Stress Prevention and Wellbeing, and the European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology. He has written/edited over 50 books including the Handbook of Coaching Psychology and Handbook of Counselling. (Link to his Amazon book webpage.)

Stephen's academic posts include being Professor of Practice at the Wales Academy for Professional Development and Applied Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. From 2016 to 2020 he was Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology at the Coaching Psychology Unit, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark. He was Founder Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at City, University of London.





NB Centre alumni and members of the following organisations receive a discounted rate: International Society for Coaching Psychology, Association for Coaching, ICE, AREBT & British Psychological Society Members.

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