Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Phenomenological Study: The Lived Experiences of Holistic Counselors and Their Development of Self-efficacy
by Wiggins, Elizabeth C., Ph.D., Adams State University, 2018, 178; 10809234
Abstract (Summary)

Holistic methods have increased in popularity in the American culture. Interventions such as yoga, aromatherapy, mindfulness and walking therapy have been shown to be beneficial for the treatment of both physical and mental illnesses. However, little research exists regarding the use of holistic interventions in the field of counseling. This phenomenological study explores the experience of counselors who integrate holistic interventions into their practice and seeks to determine the essence of their development of self-efficacy. Co-researchers in this study included eight holistic counselors from rural, suburban and urban areas across the United States. Through semi-structured interviews, the co-researchers revealed the significance of personal experience with holistic methods, the influence of client feedback and the experience of formal and informal training on their development of self-efficacy. The findings of this study prompted recommendations for counselors who desire to integrate holistic methods and for the field of counselor education, including increased training and areas for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Halloran, Theresa
Commitee: Henninger, Janessa, Reilly, Blaine
School: Adams State University
Department: Counselor Education
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Alternative Medicine, School counseling, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Aromatherapy, Counseling, Mindfulness, Self-efficacy, Walking therapy, Yoga
Publication Number: 10809234
ISBN: 9780438018723
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