Date of Award
Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Counselor Education - Graduate Studies
Rock-climbing can be successfully combined with counseling interventions and may be healing for a variety of mental health concerns. This review identifies several areas in mental health counseling which can be addressed by adding rock-climbing-based counseling interventions. These include depression, trauma, building self-efficacy, and providing skills practice. These two fields fill important gaps in each other’s shortcomings. Rock climbing offers what counseling lacks in the form of a body focused physical activity aspect of intervention. In a similar way, counseling offers a code of ethics, multicultural focus, and an emphasis on the best interest of clients to an activity which can lack these. The two represent a dialectic which can be resolved by combining the best aspects of both activities and providing the resulting intervention to mental health clients.
Wilcox, Leeann, "An Exploration of Rock-Climbing Based Counseling Interventions" (2022). Counselor Education Capstones. 166.