Nature as Therapy: The Power of the Human-Earth Connection

Elissa Epel

  • The psychological restoration effect of nature on the mind
  • Forest bathing and green exposure as a healing therapy
  • Understanding the mental health impacts of climate extremes and pollution
  • How to deal with the overwhelm that comes in the face of threats to our Planet
  • Recognizing climate injustice and how it alters the health of those without access to nature

Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco. She studies stress resilience, cellular health and climate distress. She is the President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, co-lead of the UCSF Task Force on Climate Crisis and Mental Health, and co-chair of the Steering Council for Mind & Life Institute. Dr. Epel is involved in interventions for climate distress and activation.

Dr. Epel co-authored the bestselling book The Telomere Effect with Elizabeth Blackburn. Her research has been featured in TEDMED, Today, CBS’s Morning Show, 60 Minutes, National Public Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and in many science documentaries.

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