Ecological Catastrophe – Grieving the Loss

Loving the land means grieving the loss.  Ecological Catastrophe is a silent influencer.


Homes sit smoldering after Hurricane Sandy in the Far Rockaway NY area. Over 50 homes were reportedly destroyed in a fire during the storm on October 30, 2012.

I’m internationally known for my writing about the psychological impacts of Peak Oil, environmental degradation, and economic hard times. I’ve written for Honda Motors, and have been featured in American Prospect, Greenpeace International, the Vancouver Sun, Freakonomics, Itulip, Ecoshock Radio, and Peak Moments Television.

Do you have a story you want to share with others about how you’ve been impacted by environmental changes, energy depletion or economic hard times?  I respond to stories from people who write to me and share their experiences at no cost. These are posted on my blog Peak Oil Blues. There you can also read how others are managing the stress.

Clients wanting more personal, individual work, can schedule individual or couples sessions with me.  During these sessions we explore common emotional reactions to learning about these issues.  These emotions include shock, compulsive research, insomnia, “nostalgia for the present,” etc.

Or the shock and horror of living through an ecological catastrophe like Hurricane Sandy.

Other areas of concern include planning for a viable future; clarifying values in their relationships; adjusting emotionally to realities of these difficult times; stress and burn-out doing activism around sustainability; feelings of social alienation; fears/anxieties about dramatic cultural changes, etc.


“Kathy’s is an essential resource for the peak oil community, and one that I have sent many people to as they experience the shock and re-evaluation of their personal revelatory ‘peak oil moment’.

It is a perfect complement to the Transition Towns movement, with both seeking to help people through denial and despair and towards decisive action to build the future they desire, as individuals and as communities.” August 29, 2012

Shaun ChamberlinAuthor of “The Transition Timeline”, Transition Towns

About the Author Dr. K

Dr. K is the President and CEO of Couples Therapy Inc. She maintains her Intensive Couples Therapy practice over the winter in Miami, Fl and the rest of the year on the edge of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. She is a Gottman Certified Couples Therapist, has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and is a board-certified sex therapist.

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