Therapy, Psychotherapy, Counselling


Type of Method

• Psychology - Psychotherapy - Counseling

Suitable for

• Self-Guided
• One to one, personal
• In relation to children, parent / teacher


‘Therapy’ is a broad church with many academic and practical variations, and for this reason, any single definition will be inadequate. This is  therefore, only a general overview, allowing guides who identify themselves as Therapists, Psychotherapists, or Counsellors to describe their respective practices in greater detail on their personal profiles. They will be able to include their academic background, world-view, practice framework and approach to Climate Psychology and Deep Adaptation. 

Standard Therapy

Therapy, also called Psychotherapy or Counselling, is the process of meeting with a therapist who is trained in aspects of psychology in order to resolve problematic behaviours, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body). There are many schools and variations. Standard Therapy offers individuals psychological insight, in order to become better adjusted in themselves and in the World.

Standard Therapy assumes that ‘The World’ is more or less stable, rational and eternal, and that many forms of anxiety, negative emotions and limiting behaviours are internally generated by events from the past, may be mal-adaptive in the present, and can be managed, healed or overcome.

Deep Adaptation starts with the insight that the World and/or the Biosphere are in collapse. A small but growing number of Therapists are adapting and extending their practice to integrate the insights of collapse awareness and/or Climate Psychology. From this perspective, the World is irrational, and anxiety and existential discomfort may be entirely rational responses to real threats, and not necessarily something to be solved or overcome. This perspective challenges some of the basic assumptions of standard therapeutic practice.

By helping to value, explore and manage grief, anxiety and cognitive dissonance, they may become positive springboards for necessary action and transformation. Climate Psychology seeks to offer depth and psychological insight to the climate change and adaptation movements. This may help to frame, and in some cases overcome, the endemic inertia and resistance to facing and acting upon the acute human and global predicaments.

You can find out much more about these perspectives via The Climate Psychology Alliance website

If you are a Counsellor or Therapist listed as Deep Adaptation guide and would like to comment or add to this method description please contact

Guides using this Method

Juliet Russell-Roberts

Writer | Healer | Therapist

I’m a writer, healer and therapist trained in a variety of therapeutic/healing modalities including …

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Sarah Hamilton

Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Grappling with the likelihood of societal and environmental collapse leaves us with little solid gro …

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Eveline Tijs

Coach - Psychotherapist - Facilitator

Hi, my name is Eveline. I am a 36 year old Belgian and moved to Hastings, East Sussex in 2019 to liv …

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Leon Berg

Council Trainer

Leon Berg is a founding member of the Ojai Foundation (, an educational sanct …

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Dr. Christine Gibson

Systems Healer, Family Physician, Trauma and Resilience Specialist

A primary care practitioner, systems entrepreneur, and trauma specialist, I am especially able to gu …

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Maria Bliklen

Coach, facilitator and psychological counselor

Being alive as a human on planet Earth is challenging, heart-breaking, and wonderful – even more so …

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Neela Paulussen

Bodyoriented (psycho)therapist

Facing collapse asks for being firmly routed in connection. I use somatic and awareness work as well …

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Naresh Giangrande

For example Coach, Therapist, Healer ...

As a Co-founder of Transition Town Totnes, the first Transition Town, and of Transition Training, I …

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