It’s just one of the ways Mark’s brand of psychology strays from the more traditional clinical practice. His is a holistic approach that embraces the connection between nature and mental wellbeing – all of which makes him a fascinating thought leader and expert on human behaviour.
Although a relatively new field in Australia, essentially, ecopsychology is an approach to mental health that treats humans as being connected to nature rather than separate from it with a focus on better understanding your physical health, social health, spiritual beliefs and environment, rather than simply engaging in traditional talking therapies.
Mark’s path to ecopsychology was anything but conventional. After starting out as a sports psychologist, he took his skillset to the military where he was deployed to Afghanistan several times – an environment where people’s resilience and wellbeing were being tested to the limit. His duties involved psychological screening and intervention as well as selection and recruitment.
Positions in the corporate sector followed – but true to form, no typical office environments were involved. Mark has created recruitment programs for oil companies in Papua New Guinea, debriefed winter expeditioners in the Australian Antarctic Program and recruited indigenous youth for mining jobs in Western Australia. He also served as production psychologist on a number of reality TV shows including Survivor and SAS Australia.
The common thread underpinning his work across disparate countries and industries is helping humans deal with isolation and loneliness – an experience that his dynamic résumé has given him unique insight into.
Mark’s path to ecopsychology took shape when he noticed how many people were anxious, stressed and disillusioned as a result of trying to keep up with career, financial and relationship pressures. Motivated to seek out a more sustainable approach to psychology, he looked to nature, which he believes can teach us how to rejuvenate and flourish in our lives.
His passion for ecopsychology is truly contagious. Mark is driven by the desire to help people live more meaningful and fulfilling lives, and believes ecopsychology is a powerful route to do just that.
Mark is available for media interviews and appearances, speaking events and KOL campaigns.