Hiking With Heidi: A Multicultural Approach to Ecotherapy

Bonnie Carter King (Midwestern State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 240
EISBN13: 9781799820024|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0022-4.ch011
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The following chapter describes the experience of counseling a woman named Heidi (name and identifying details changed to protect confidentiality) using Ecotherapy and the Multicultural Counseling Competencies. The chapter describes Heidi and her presenting problems, an introduction of the author, and the author's unique approach to counseling, the application of theory to her work with Heidi using existential and systems theories, as well as practicing in nature. The goals and progress that was made in their journey together through the counseling relationship is described. Throughout their journey together, Heidi utilized her strengths, which empowered her to make changes in her life that were beneficial for her growth, health, and happiness by implementing changes in her life that fully honored the complexity of her humanity.
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