Mindfulness Responses on Counselor Wellness: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study

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Ethical counseling codes mandate that counselors maintain their well-being (ACA, 2014; CACREP, 2016). Understanding the impact of mindfulness on counselor wellness can promote increased levels of self-awareness, emotion regulation, physiological health, and increased professional competence (Newton et al., 2020; Plath & Flickling, 2022; Robino, 2019). Mindfulness can provide the means for these changes and professional considerations to be made (Coleman et al., 2016; Prikhidko & Swank, 2018; Sultan, 2018). By using mindfulness to address emotion regulation, counselors have an increased ability to maintain professional wellness (Richards et al., 2010). The following dissertation explores the role that mindfulness plays on overall professional counselor wellness. For this purpose, interviews were completed by counselors who have held licensure as professional counselors in the state of Texas for a minimum of 5 years and who are in good standing with the Texas Behavioral Health and Executive Committee. To obtain data an interpretative phenomenological research method using a constructivist worldview was used. Overall, the study illuminated information on the significance of understanding these aspects of the counselor wellness and provided clarity on how professional counselors can use self-awareness to implement healthy changes regarding professional and personal wellness. These changes helped to increase how they understand themselves, the ways in which they were impacted by professional experiences, and, in turn, experience increased wellness. Therefore, an outcome of this study is its role in providing counselors with an understanding of mindfulness responses on counselor wellness.

Mindfulness, Counselor Wellness, Wellbeing, Ethics