Professional Counselors’ Referral Processes to Complementary Health Practitioners

Katie Gamby, Madeline Clark, Caroline O’Hara, Clark Ausloos, Colleen Delaney, Paul Granello

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There is a growing interest in the utility of complementary health approaches (CHAs) to promote wellness and health in the United States. Research from medical, allied health, and mental health fields reflect this expanding interest; however, very little research focuses on counselors and the integration of CHAs within practice or referral of counseling clients to Complementary Health Practitioners (CHPs). The current study expanded this research using transcendental phenomenology to explore the experiences, perspectives, and processes in use by current independently licensed professional counselors referring to complementary health practitioners (CHPs). The authors discuss and explore implications of these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-307
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • Complementary health approaches
  • complementary health practitioners
  • counseling
  • creativity in counseling
  • referral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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