Integrating complementary therapies with counseling: A qualitative study of practicing counselors' approaches to wellness

Description

There is a growing interest in the United States in complementary therapies (CT) to address the health needs and hopes of individuals. Research in the medical and allied health communities has reflected the expanding interest, however, the counseling profession has limited literature focusing on CT integration practices. The current study expands on existing research using a constructivist lens and grounded theory approach; a sample of 16 practicing counselors were interviewed to develop a theoretical model of CT integration in the counseling context. Scholarly literature has described CT and reasons for its use, which can be linked to counseling through professional identity, the wellness model, and ethical practice. The results of this study indicate that experience, beliefs, competence, and practice are primary factors in the integration of CT in counseling. Implications of the results on the counseling profession will be detailed in terms of practice, training, and future research.

Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Language

English

Author(s)

Lindsey Marie Nichols

Original Work Citation

Nichols, L. M. (2012). Integrating complementary therapies with counseling: A qualitative study of practicing counselors' approaches to wellness. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Collection

Citation

“Integrating complementary therapies with counseling: A qualitative study of practicing counselors' approaches to wellness,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 22, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/21884.

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