Table 1.

Summary of the Construct Domain

Healing is the human experience of self-discovery and transformation that results in a sense of being whole and connected. It is observable as:
  • Antecedent trauma that initiates behaviors resulting in recurring painful experiences

  • A beginning of the healing process based in a therapeutic relationship with another “safe” person holding socially constructed power (the healer)

  • Using the therapeutic relationship to facilitate discovering and naming emotions, and repairing/improving relationships with oneself, others, and one’s higher power

  • Behavior changes that are healthier, more adaptive, and ameliorate the painful experiences described above.

  • The ability to articulate one’s purpose/meaning/mission in life, unrestricted in time

  • Reaching out to facilitate healing in others