Who We Are
We are a group of people from a range of disciplines who share a passion for the wellbeing of our world. We have formed the Climate Wellbeing Network to offer support for healthy engagement with climate change and related challenges. We are exploring the different ways that we, (as activists, therapists and researchers), can work together to engender creative responses to feelings of burnout, isolation, depression, environmental grief and despair. Through our personal and professional experiences we trust that, with support, such signs of deep caring can develop into a resilient participation in positive individual and collective change.
Members of the Climate Wellbeing Network
Michael Apathy - Master of Health Science, Registered Psychotherapist
I practice psychotherapy and am passionate about connecting mental health and environmental issues. I have run mindfulness in nature workshops, adapted motivational interviewing for having difficult conversations about climate change, and am writing a book of case studies on doing psychotherapy with activists. I have a private practice via skype and in Christchurch, New Zealand. My approach to environmental issues is also informed by my practice of Zen Buddhism.
Rosemary Faire - PhD, MA, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
I am an expressive arts therapist and adult educator desiring to support climate change engagement and resilience in transition. My work-life journey has taken me through biological sciences (epigenetics), embodied education (somatics), music and movement therapies and deep ecology, and I'm keen to facilitate the formation of creativity-based peer support groups and Active Hope groups among those who are concerned about our planetary sustainability.
Nicole Thornton - BSc (Environmental Science), Hons (Ecology)
I have been an environmental scientist for more than 20 years with a very diverse career. It has ranged from sustainable and outdoor education and ecotourism in Australia, Canada and the UK (my favourite being the Daintree and Cape Tribulation rainforest in far north Queensland) to household water research and social practices for my PhD; from water sensitive cities to liveable and sustainable households and communities. I have a passion for social justice, giving voice to the voiceless, and sharing good food, stories, company and ideas to create a vibrant community and healthy individuals.
Merle Conyer - Master of Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy, Master of Education, Grad. Dip. Communication Management, Dip. Somatic Psychotherapy, Dip. Energetic Healing.
Accredited Supervisor and Psychotherapist.
I walk alongside individuals, teams, organisations and communities responding to interpersonal, institutional, political, cultural and environmental trauma. A particular interest is supporting the wellbeing of those advocating for social and environmental justice, a caring society and healthy planet.
Sally Gillespie - PhD, Masters of Counselling
I have recently completed a doctorate which drew upon my knowledge and skills as a Jungian
psychotherapist to inquire into the psychological terrain of climate change engagement. What
I learnt through my research is the value of open conversations about the full gamut of the
thoughts and feelings we all go through in the process of encountering and living with the
realities of climate change. I am particularly interested in encouraging peer groups and
climate change organisations to make the space for, conversations about the psychological
ups and downs of engaging with contemporary ecological realities not only to support
resilience but also to foster the evolution of new understandings about self, society and world.
Beth Hill - PhD, BA Communications Social Inquiry (Hons), BA International Studies
Beth Hill is a writer, anthropologist and facilitator of the Work that Reconnects. Beth's research looks at how people in Australia are being impacted by climate change in their daily lives, tracking the emotional and cultural forces that shape people's responses to this unraveling. She has had a dedicated Buddhist Insight meditation practice over the last ten years and is passionate about the wisdom of the body as a gateway to insight, healing and action in these troubled times. Beth has been facilitating the Work that Reconnects since 2013 and currently works with Psychology for a Safe Climate offering workshops to climate activists and others, supporting them with the grief, burnout and conflict that arise in response to climate change.
Christie Wilson - Clinical Psychotherapist, Master Gestalt Therapy, Adv. Dip Naturopathy.
I practice psychotherapy and provide training for professionals and others advocating for action on climate change. I specialise in psychoterratic syndromes, which are earth-related physical and mental health impacts due to environmental and climate change. I am writing a book on the therapeutic process of working with the psychoterractic syndromes informed from holistic & earth-based perspectives. I have a private practice in Sydney and offer training sessions for workplace and community through to a state and federal level.