I am a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist and have been involved in the environmental movement since my 20s when I was part of the editorial collective of ‘Undercurrents’ magazine. With Andy Brown I developed the award winning Carbon Conversations project which uses a psychological, small-group approach to helping people reduce carbon emissions. Carbon Conversations is run by the Surefoot-Effect Community Interest Company.
My most recent book, co-authored with Andy Brown is In Time for Tomorrow? the Carbon Conversations Handbook, available to buy here. I am also the author of ‘A New Climate for Psychotherapy?’, an exploration of resistance to action on climate change, and of ‘Loss and climate change: the cost of parallel narratives’ . My paper ‘Great Expectations: the psychodynamics of ecological debt appears in Sally Weintrobe’s book Engaging with Climate Change: Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Routledge 2013) and my paper ‘Fragile identities and consumption’ appears in Mary-Jayne Rust and Nick Totton’s book Vital Signs: psychological responses to ecological crisis. (Karnac 2012).
I am on the committe of the Climate Psychology Alliance . I am currently engaged in research with Paul Hoggett of the University of the West of England into the psychological impact of knowledge about climate change on climate scientists and on climate activists.
I also facilitate workshops on climate change communication and community engagement and offer consultancy to business on employee engagement in carbon reduction. I was previously a lecturer with the Open University and an independent consultant for the development of distance learning materials.