Thomas Joseph Doherty is a licensed psychologist who created and helps to direct the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Thomas specializes in teaching courses that integrate research on human relationships with the natural world, environmental conservation, and sustainability with modern counseling and psychotherapy practice. Thomas is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecopsychology and served as member of the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Task Force. Thomas also works with individuals and consults with organizations through his business Sustainable Self. For an example of how Thomas Doherty addresses personal sustainability with his counseling clients see this video.
Thomas grew up in Buffalo, New York. His early career included work as a wilderness therapy expedition leader and professional river-rafting guide in the Grand Canyon. Thomas received his BA from Columbia University and doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. His doctoral research examined the emotions and life changes of people recovering from heart disease. Thomas’ work has been featured in publications such as the Oregonian,The New York Times, and Sustainability. He lives with his wife and daughter in Northeast Portland.
Thomas is working with the first cohort of students in the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate. This year he is teaching courses including Introduction to Ecopsychology in Counseling, Mental Health Diagnosis, Applied Topics in Ecopsychology (Focus on Diversity), and Wilderness and Adventure Therapy. Thomas also teaches an Environmental Psychology course in the Lewis & Clark undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences.
Thomas recently relocated his private practice to a LEED Platinum-rated Green Building in North Portland. This fall he is helping to create a combined equine and ecotherapy program for Native American adolescents.
“My interests include applying the concept of sustainability to personal health and identity, promoting motivation for social and environmental change agents, using wilderness experiences for therapy and personal growth, and integrating holistic and empirical perspectives on the psychology human-nature relationships.”