eeai | Who we are
The eeai is a committed ‘not for profit’ community of both members and subscribers, who together introduce, support and promote the practice of professional ecopsychology and ecotherapy on the island of Ireland.
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Who we are

eeai is a welcoming, inclusive, independent, secular and eco-sustainable membership association of professional practitioners and subscribers who observe the reciprocal need for and value of healing for all human and other-than-human nature

Our eeai community is made up of:



Professionally accredited practitioners, eg. Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychologists



Apply for eeai membership.



Nature lovers & service users who subscribe to the mission and aims of the eeai, from walkers or gardeners to mental health advocates, architects & environmentalists


Join our subscribers.



Our active eeai members and subscribers who kindly give their time, presence and varied skills to facilitate and coordinate the eeai.


Volunteer with eeai.

Who we are

The eeai community consists of our membersprofessionally accredited practitioners (eg. Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychologists) and subscribers -Nature lovers, eeai supporters, those interested in sustainability (eg. gardeners, service users, climate change awareness advocates, walkers and hikers, farmers, mental health advocates, architects, environmentalists, planners) and a rich and varied group of people who subscribe to the mission, aims, ethos and work of the eeai and its members.


A team of active members and subscribers make up our volunteers who serve on the eeai committee or generously offer their presence, time and expertise in other ways to coordinate and further the eeai. Find out more about volunteering.


We are quite unique amongst professional membership organisations as we ensure not alone a listening ear, but representation at the association’s decision-making table for its valued community.


(eeai subscribers must be over 18 years of age).

...the needs of the planet are the needs of the person, the rights of the person are the rights of the planet.’ Theodore Roszak

Our Team

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Membership Co-ordinator
  • Creative Co-ordinator
  • Communications Co-ordinator
  • Newsletter Co-ordinator
  • Subscriber Co-ordinator
  • Finance Co-ordinator
  • Research and Development Co-ordinator
  • Ethics Co-ordinator
  • Clients /Service Users Co-ordinator
  • Website Co-ordinator

Our co-founders

The eeai was inaugurated in 2014 by its co-founders David Staunton and Gerard Byrne.

David Staunton

David, co-founder of the eeai and founder of ‘Walk Inniú – Counselling Psychotherapy Outdoors’ has been working through an ecopsychological and ecotherapeutic lens with clients following his training in the UK with the eeai’s posthumous mentor, the late Dr Martin Jordan.


Although he enjoys city life, David was born and raised in the West of Ireland and strongly identifies with a greener, quieter and more natural setting. A keen supporter of real and authentic sustainability, a lover of walking and hiking and all things outdoors, David is concerned with the slow response to date from many people in Ireland in relation to climate change and hopes that the eeai continues to be a safe and encouraging forum in which to explore our hopes and fears around this universally crucial matter. David is convinced that genuine care and compassion for the planet is the pinnacle of personal self-care.


In the past, David has worked as a clinical co-ordinator in an addiction rehabilitation service and as a case manager for a homeless agency based in inner city Dublin.

Gerard Byrne

Gerard is an artist, designer and electronic music producer from Dublin.


Ger has worked with a number of not-for-profit NGOs advocating for dynamic reform politics, social justice issues and sustainability. As a graphic designer, artist and musician he seeks to convey complex issues simply to change opinions and replace broken systems with better ones through effective and creative communication. Ger very kindly designed and developed this website.


He practices Vipassana meditation as thought by S.N Goenka and as a member of a weekly group. A vegan, he loves cooking from recipes inspired by his travels in India and South East Asia. Ger can be oftentimes found hiking in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains at the weekends, snowboarding in France or watching far too many TED talks and speeches by Alan Watts and Alain de Botton.

Posthumous mentor

The eeai acknowledges the inspirational Dr Martin Jordan (1967-2017), a respected international contributor to the development of ecotherapy and ecopsychology. Martin, a fond friend of Ireland who had ancestral connections in the west was a source of heartfelt encouragement and sound academic mentorship to the eeai’s co – founders. Martin’s research and publications continue to motivate and reassure practitioners worldwide in their efforts to offer best practice support to their clients. We miss him and thank him for his wise words and gentle presence.