David Staunton endeavours to experience and appreciate the scarce but welcome natural environment present to him around his home, which is located on a busy city street in Dublin. Although he enjoys city life, David was born and raised in the West of Ireland and strongly identifies with a greener, quieter and more natural setting. A counselling psychotherapist, David has over the past fourteen years also worked with various services in Dublin City as a case manager and clinical co-ordinator, supporting people with such serious issues as homelessness, addiction and poor mental health (dual diagnosis). A keen advocate of sustainable travel and much preferring trains over planes, David has visited and learned from many fascinating and varied cultures in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and India.
Describing himself professionally as ‘an integrative counselling psychotherapist who works through an ecotherapeutic lens’, (sorry that sounds like a bit of a mouthful – check out what that means in ‘About ecotherapy’), David understands that at times, our self-created, contemporary urban, suburban and even our rural environments can be harsh and somewhat challenging places in which to live.
David was greatly influenced by his earlier life experiences of wild open countryside in Connaught, and his love and understanding of the natural environment, ecology and indeed ‘all things outdoors’ continues to grow. On the realisation throughout his education and professional training that most therapeutic models ignore the healing ability and deep empathy of the natural environment, David undertook further study in the emergent and exciting field of ecopsychology and ecotherapy. By carefully integrating ecotherapy with established and effective schools of psychotherapeutic thought, David ensures that this unique, well respected form of outdoor counselling psychotherapy encourages greater evocation and clarity for clients. More importantly, nature mindfully directs us to the ‘here and now’ – a present we all too often forget in our busy lives.