Ecopsychology best describes the philosophical framework of Holos Institute. It is an approach toward healing in which the human mind and body are viewed in their relationship to nature and the whole web of life. Ecopsychology offers a philosophical ground for deeper understanding of human problems and practical approaches for healing and transformation. There is reciprocity between the natural processes of our world and the balanced psyche. In nature we find metaphors and direct experiences that can restore well being. Psychologically healthy people have a respectful and sustainable relationship with the natural world.
The name “Holos” is derived from the Greek term for wholeness. Holos Institute re-envisions the therapeutic process to include mind, body and spirit as well as the living community of which we are all a part. We honor the diverse human cultural heritage of our ancestors and that which we know as the natural world: the plants, animals and living Earth upon which we all depend. We seek to integrate practices of ancient and contemporary therapeutic arts, attuning to the uniqueness of each individual, as we help them navigate towards wholeness and creativity in fulfilling their life purpose.
Our vision for therapy is to integrate the wisdom of an ecologically based psychology into clinical practices that serve to restore balance to the mind, body and spirit, and generate kindness toward the greater community in which we live.