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 worked for over ten years 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. 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. “Nature” David believes
“...even the pollution weary tree outside my window, battered as it is by the double-deck bus, still encourages quite compassionate mindfulness and healing of the self”.
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.
“Commuters, pressured executives, traffic pollution, delivery drivers, busy people distracted by the incessant frivolous chattering and demands from social media, in-your-face billboard, bus or bus stop advertising, and the frenzy of pale and drawn multi-tasking parents dropping off and collecting – yeah it’s all go in any town or city. These days however, due to our over usage and dependence on communication technology, we can often feel every bit as distracted and sapped of energy in the countryside. And yet, it all amounts to people who are just doing the best they can to complete their daily tasks and get safely to the end of their day. But it can sometimes feel like an empty, tiring and imprisoning day, that leaves little time or energy for real and meaningful living”
— David Staunton
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.
“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”
—Henry David Thoreau
David Staunton MIACP, is a member of the following Organisations:
Fully Accredited Member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP),
Co-founding Member of the Ecopsychology & EcotherapyAssociation of Ireland (EEAI),
Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR),
Counselling and Psychotherapy Outdoors (CAPO),
Ecopsychology UK (Ireland and Ecopsychology Group),
International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE),
Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland,
Psychologists Protection Society (PPS),
Centre for Sustainable Healthcare