Walking With Grief & Trauma: A Developing Counselling Practice
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Background: A counselling practice involving walking with clients during counselling sessions seems to be gaining popularity across North America. There is a prevalence of practice of using this modality in working with people critically impacted by grief and/or trauma. However, there is no research supporting this practice. The research on walking with clients for any therapeutic purpose is skewed, limited, and rare. Method: An ethnographical epistemological literature review unpacks grief, trauma, and the idea of walking with counselling clients. Results: Grief and trauma are understood via an academic, historical, and etiological context as interrelated aspects of loss. Clues from historical and current literature demonstrate grief and trauma can be serious conditions impacting the mind, heart, and body and therefore potentially benefiting from mind-body treatments. Evidence for this is found in the way grief and trauma are languaged, historically documented, and colloquially understood, as well as in a precedent setting prevalence of practice of walking with clients. Conclusion: Walking with clients is understood as a practice validated as potentially impactful for counselling in general, and specifically for grief and trauma work.