A New Campus Offering: Climate Anxiety Therapy
There is a critical need for climate stress services for young people
In early 2020, weeks before anxiety about another crisis roiled the globe, a small group of students gathered in a room at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for a counseling session on worry and grief related to global warming. For an hour, during the first such session at the institution, the students talked through fears and frustrations of a world impacted by climate change.
Lauren Becker, a former student who had worked with the university’s counseling services to make these sessions happen, sat in one day to observe. But at the end of the session, she said she left feeling even more hopeless than before.
It was hard to feel as though there was a “level of understanding of how dire the situation is,” Becker said.
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