NY Therapists “Treating” Climate Anxiety, Doing “Climate Psychology” and Brainwashing

It’s time to tighten up your brain, bigot.

This bitch is getting hot as a MF because you don’t eat bugs.

The reason you don’t care, and don’t think this is real, is not because it doesn’t make sense or because there is no evidence – it’s because you’re mentally ill.

You need to listen to that retarded mentally ill girl that screams at people and has no breasts, and believe and think and behave exactly as she does.

Time to fly straight.

The Guardian:

As Kim Saira scrolled through TikToks showing a curtain of yellow smoke descending over New York, she felt a panic attack coming on. Though she lives an entire coast away from the crisis, Saira began to fear for her parents, who are essential workers in Queens.

“I had to completely turn off my phone, because I was getting so anxious,” said Saira, a Los Angeles-based healing coach. “My chest hurt, I felt like I couldn’t sit still, and I started pacing around. I couldn’t do any work.”

Any fears New Yorkers may have felt about the unfurling climate crisis kicked into overdrive this week, after smoke caused by Canada’s devastating wildfires broke US records for bad air quality. The urban dystopia stoked an existential stress that therapists call “eco-anxiety”.

The Climate Psychology Alliance of North America, a group of therapists, researchers, and artists, keeps a directory of practitioners who specialize in the burgeoning field. College campuses offer guidance counselors for students experiencing stress over climate change, and institutions offer certification programs in climate psychology.

The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies in Redwood City, California, runs an 18-month training program for “eco-chaplains”, who “work to support people in developing healthy, compassionate, and mutually supportive relationships with each other and the natural world”. One of its graduates, the film-maker Lindsay Branham, now works as an “eco-doula” in Los Angeles, shepherding clients through their fears of extinction events.

Devastating wildfires in California and Oregon have led west coasters to seek out climate therapists. Thomas J Doherty, a Portland-based psychologist, co-hosts a popular podcast called Climate Change and Happiness, which disperses advice for coping with stress and finding hope in a bleak future. But the field has been slower to catch on in the east coast, where the effects of the climate crisis could be subtler – until this week.

“Most of the anxiety New Yorkers feel is not related to climate; it’s related to the fast-paced lifestyle,” said Sarah Jornsay-Silverberg, executive director of the Good Grief Network, a support group for people experiencing eco-stress. “But we’ve noticed that the appetite for climate mental health services in New York is really ramping up, and we’re seeing more of a demand for it. The fires have triggered a sense of fear, rage, and despair, which is a completely healthy response to what we’re witnessing on Earth.”

The climate crisis is a main talking point in Saira’s weekly therapy sessions. “I have learned through therapy that I have a responsibility to do my part, but the blame isn’t on me – it’s on the institutions that perpetuate it,” she said.

Wendy Greenspun, a Manhattan-based clinical psychologist and Climate Psychology Alliance board member, said: “I don’t think I’ve had a single client since the smoke started who did not address it.” She added: “There appears to be a collective realization that this is the beginning of our new normal on the east coast.”

Look, it doesn’t matter if it’s real or not.

What matters is that we have to do this for the planet.

Everyone will die, even if it’s not real, because it is real in my mind.

And the mind… the mind is all that we truly know exists.

Global warming and eating bugs is spooky and esoteric, you see.

It’s all about the mind.