[Episode 79 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]
Dr. James Liter, Ph. D. joins the Intentional Clinician Podcast to discuss depth work in Ecotherapy and Ecopsychology with Paul Krauss MA LPC. James visits the Intentional Clinician for the second time in this episode. “Hilltending,” as James calls his version of aided ecotherapy, is introduced.
What is Hilltending? is also discussed. It might be thought of as nature-based archetypal facilitation, as it is based on in-depth work. Archetypes, Inner Work, Depth Work The ecological unconscious, terracentric and geocosmological approaches to our interaction with habitat, and the relationship between the two methods Working with opposites, dream work, alchemical eco narrative, mindful practices, somatic exercises (even if it’s just walking), relying on person-rituals, higher awareness of our actual relationship, more informed decisions, psychological development more aligned with our true nature as members of the earth community, dealing with eco grief and sentimentality, development of relationship to ecological Self that brings an eco psychological wholeness, integration of an ecological Self that promotes ecological psychological wholeness, the integration of opposites (logos, eros), physical well-being, and other benefits.
Dr. James Liter, Ph.D. has been facilitating nature-based archetypal experiences and integration around the world for many years. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Grand Valley State and a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he also completed his certification in Ecopsychology. His doctoral research provides a foundation for an archetypally patterned ecotherapy integrating different approaches into a regenerative relationship to the entire Earth community. He has been a guest lecturer at Grand Valley State University on topics such as shamanic traditions, Jungian art and aesthetics, world mythology, and the hero’s journey. He is the author of the upcoming Hilltending Notebooks, a series of ebooks on nurturing health and wellness in our relationship to the Earth. His previous publications include several journal essays, the collection of poetry A Language We Once Knew, and the photography for Jason Kirkey’s Estuaries.
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