Leslie Davenport brings the role of psychology into interdisciplinary dialogues that advance creative and effective solutions to climate change. Psychology is powerful in addressing the emotional underpinnings of climate denial, understanding motivators for change, identifying the most effective communication strategies, as well as building resiliency when individuals and communities are faced with immediate and long term climate chaos that provoke trauma, grief, anxiety and depression. Leslie is a founding member of the Institute for Health & Healing, one of the nations’ first and largest hospital-based integrative medicine programs. Her 25 years of medical experience developing an empowering and collaborative approach to resolving crisis has informed her climate psychology model.
Leslie has unique qualifications in the Body-Mind-Spirit field. Dance critic Allan Ulrich reviewed Leslie as a professional dancer endowed with “A superior sense of balance…and powers of communication that set her apart from the herd.” As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice for more than twenty years, she understands the health and cultural impact of thoughts and emotions. And a passion for the mystery of the human spirit drew her to become an ordained interfaith minister. As an advocate for the role of depth psychology in integrative medicine and climate change work, Leslie has braided her expertise with body-mind-spirit into an approach that recognizes the role of meaning and mindful presence as an integral part of living an ecoharmonious life.
Leslie’s years of clinical experience culminated in the publication of Healing and Transformation through Self-Guided Imagery, Transformative Imagery: Cultivating the Imagination for Healing, Change, and Growth, and Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change. She was also a reviewer with the American Psychological Association, EcoAmerica and Climate for Health to help shape the document: “Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance.” She has also served as Editorial Consultant to Aspen Publishers for their book, Holistic Health Promotion and Complementary Therapies: A Resource for Integrative Practice. She contributed an essay to Parker Palmer’s book, The Heart of Higher Education, and also wrote a series of articles on wellness themes for Huffington Post.
Leslie has extensive teaching experience at universities including Mills College, University of San Francisco, California State University Hayward, Holy Names University, Five Branches University, and she served as core faculty with the Transpersonal Psychology Graduate Program at John F. Kennedy University.
An engaging speaker, she lectures in a broad range of setting that has included ABC7 News, KRON4 Television, the National Wellness Conference, Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education Conference hosted by the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Fetzer Institute, to name just a few. She was honored in her home county with the Marin Breast Cancer Council’s “Honor Thy Healer” award in 2003, and Imagery Person of the Year through Imagery International, Inc. in 2014.
Leslie is currently in private practice in Corte Madera, as well as on the integrative team with Smith Integrative Oncology in San Francisco. She is also creator and core faculty of the Deep Imagination program at John F Kennedy University, and a faculty member of the graduate program in Integrative Health Studies and clinical supervisor for the California Institute of Integral Studies.