About Thomas Doherty

Psychologist Thomas Doherty's work on environmental sustainability and health has been featured in publications like the New York Times and in talks worldwide. Thomas consults with individuals and organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He was the founding Director of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal Ecopsychology. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

COVID-19: Access to Nature, Parks and Green Spaces Should be Essential

In our urgency to address the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon, many decisions have been made about what qualifies as essential for society and well-being. Over a month into the emergency, and with the 50th Earth Day, I reflect on the role of nature and the outdoors in our lives. How should we [...]

Coping with COVID-19: Where your Feelings go, your Thoughts will Follow

Greetings, I wanted to send a brief message out to all my clients and readers. With COVID-19, we have been plunged into an unexpected and unprecedented global crisis. I hope you’re doing as well as you can in terms of your mind, your body, and your relationships. [To follow best public health practices, I’ve moved [...]

By |2020-03-26T17:29:01-07:00March 26th, 2020|Health, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Are Your Kids Feeling Eco-Anxiety over Climate Change?

[image: Marinel Sheu | Eco Anxiety] I spoke with my friend and colleague Lisa Cohn about children and climate change recently, for an issue of PDX Parent. Lisa and her son Michael, age 11, are co-authors of the “Bash and Lucy” books and audiobooks. Some of Michael’s anxieties about climate change were prompted by the [...]

“I Love You Forever and Always” — A Book for Moms with Young Children Confronting Breast Cancer

My wife Chelsea Harper was diagnosed with Stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer in 2010. She was just 35 years old. Her diagnosis was a heavy and unexpected blow for our family. And for Chelsea, a young woman in the prime of health, with a daughter just about to turn three, in the midst of building [...]

By |2020-02-04T16:11:50-08:00February 4th, 2020|Books, Health, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Lunch & Learn January 8, 2020: Rebooting your Personal Operating System for the New Year

You may have heard me speak or write about imagining your mind as "Your Psychological “Operating System" with cognitive “programs” that guide how you think about yourself, get along with others, and perform at work and at home. And, to improve our operating system, we must deal with “Overcoming Your Psychological “Code Debt” – the [...]

Sift News “Climate Change and Mental Health” Podcast The Sift News Therapy App created this helpful "Climate Change and Mental Health" podcast. It features interviews with myself, psychiatrist Dr. Lise Van Susteren, and Dr. Kyle Whyte of Michigan State University. If you are interested in climate change and coping, I recommend this podcast. [Side note: The interviews took place this summer after [...]

10 Activities for (Fun) Fall Maintenance for Mental Health and Wellbeing 2019

October 2019 – I am updating my Fall Season Wellbeing post from last year. Its lessons stand the test of time. They also remind me to practice what I preach. But, there are a few updates required. Last year, I gave advice about “handling the November [midterm] election”  noting that it was a “politically fraught [...]

“The entire wooden interior of Notre Dame Cathedral has been lost” — CNN Online 15 April 2019

From: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame “He therefore turned to mankind only with regret. His cathedral was enough for him. It was peopled with marble figures of kings, saints and bishops who at least did not laugh in his face and looked at him with only tranquility and benevolence. The other statues, those of monsters and demons, [...]

By |2019-07-01T19:12:02-07:00July 1st, 2019|Health, Media, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Using a Feelings Vocabulary List

What do you do when you need to quickly clarify what you are feeling, or what your emotions are? Your friend asks “How are you feeling?.” Your wife asks “How are you feeling about us?” Your counselor asks “How are you feeling about your life?” What happens when you just want to check in with [...]

By |2019-06-17T10:28:59-07:00June 17th, 2019|Health, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Webinar: Practical Strategies for Coping with the Emotional Toll of Conservation Work

I wanted to share this webinar that I presented recently at Antioch University New England on coping with climate change and other environmental issues. This was presented to conservation professionals from zoos, aquariums, universities, government organizations, and nonprofits. But, it's also applicable to everyone and shares some insights and techniques that I use when working [...]