Embracing wilderness to heal counsellor vicarious trauma
Martinek, Janna Frances
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
The presenting research examines the experiences of eleven mental health professionals who have embraced nature in order to heal from vicarious trauma. The analysis was conducted through a phenomenological hermeneutic approach and a transpersonal lens was utilized to interpret the themes according to Wilbur’s Spectrum of Consciousness (1986). The themes that emerged from the participants’ journeys were organized into three phases: Setting the Stage, The Wild Plunge, and The Profound Shift. The two most elaborate themes that emerged were centered on mindfulness and a sense of connection and belongingness experienced in nature.
counsellors , helaing , nature experiences , vicarious trauma , wilderness therapy