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Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Eco - Anxiety - A Request for Research Participants

Dear Fellow Members,

Research Title: How do Psychotherapists experience Eco-Anxiety in their practice with clients.

Climate change is recognised as a serious global health threat, impacting worldwide, resulting in biodiversity loss and natural disasters with associated effects on physical and mental health. Global Health Bodies, including the Royal College of Psychiatry in the UK have declared climate emergencies and acknowledged the impact of ego-anxiety linked with the reality of human-made climate change and associated mental health consequences, especially for vulnerable populations including those with existing mental health conditions.

Whilst there is a growing body of research into psycho-social and eco psychological factors, there is a need to build our understanding of the lived experience of practitioners who are working in this field.

The purpose of this Research Study is to better understand how psychotherapists are experiencing eco-anxiety, looking both at how their clients/patients are presenting with this anxiety and how they may also be experiencing it in the therapeutic space.

Research participants need to have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, or psychoanalytic therapy and be accredited with UKCP, BACP, BPC, European or IRP.

The research involves taking part in a 1 hour, one-to-one, interview with me, which will be audio recorded. This can be conducted on-line or f2f. I am looking to schedule these interviews to take place between Nov – Jan 2024.

I am conducting this Research as part of an MSc in Psychotherapy from the University of Brighton. I am looking to work with ISPSO Members or associates who have experience of working with clients presenting with Eco-Anxiety or associated distress and who would be interested to take part in this research. Also please see attached flyer.

If you would like to find out more, with no obligation to proceed, then please contact me on UK: 0044 (0) 7973745558 or email me at:

Many thanks

Jack Broadley.
ISPSO Member & MSc Student