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Altruism defines her. She has a natural tendency to learn and unlearn her own rules all by herself. She has perfected the art of being big. A psychological health seeker herself and has a sensitivity about others well being. She never cringes at any strong black-and-white statements of any kind for she has it in her what it required to support her strong claims.

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  • Does travel as a therapy for stress reduce the prospects of psychotherapy?

I suppose this would depend on the specific person, and whether travel offers them enough of a foundation for self-realization and healing.

  • What do you have to tell about medical tourism for mental health? Do you see yourself taking it up in the near future?

I think the least-complex answer to this will be, “it depends.” Given the USA as a first-world example, we don’t have the cheapest medical care. Living in San Diego, I know plenty of people who cross the border to Mexico for their medical needs (including dental, eye care, and pharmaceuticals). Considering our new president elect, even more people are likely to follow suit, especially if our healthcare plans increase in price, and/or lessen in value. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have to consider countries with residents who lack access to physical and mental healthcare. If someone has a medical condition and the means to get assistance, they will find a way to travel to get the help they, or their loved one needs. In relation to psychotherapy, with the continued uprise in refugees in Europe, I believe we are about to see a lot more cases related to PTSD and the need for mental healthcare.

  • Travel as an etymological root of psychotherapy.

I believe a good travel experience can change almost anyone’s perspective for the better. You are able to gain cultural competence, and more fully understand and emphasize with others. Unlike any material good, an experience lasts a lifetime. With that said, I know that travel isn’t for everyone. For example, I get anxious if I am away from nature too long, versus nature makes others quite anxious, because it gives them a feeling of the ‘unknown’. Everyone is different, and as a psychotherapist, it would only be recommended, if it the context of travel would deemed positive for the patient.

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  • How unpredictable travel can be made useful for psychological evolution?

Depending on the person, unpredictable travel can give you eustress (positive stress), or even a high.  It forces you to cope with uncertainty and problem-solve, which are both valuable skills.  It also usually gives you the best experiences, and later stories to return back with. But on the other hand, I know unpredictability is not as fun or excitement for others, and can even cause them debilitating stress, which of course takes away from the enjoyment of the experience.  Again, it will always depend on the person.

  • How psychotherapy can be made useful to become a more conscious traveler in the psychological atlas?

I think psychotherapy is helpful to everyone, including psychotherapists.  I believe it makes us all more self-aware, and conscious of others.

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  • What has been by far the most therapeutic journey of your life? How has it reoriented your personality?

I believe the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James Pilgrimage) was the most therapeutic journey of my life.  This includes the preparation that went into it to become emotionally and physically fit enough to withstand six-weeks of walking across a county, including two-days in the French Pyrenees.  I learned so much about myself, and others, walking 25 km a day.  Mostly how little I need to survive, and how strong I am as person.  Although challenging, I will always remember the Camino as being life-changing in the best of ways.

Read 15 things People forget to tell you to pack on the Camino De Santiago 

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  • Has travel as an intensive therapy made you an emotionally available person?

Like mentioned earlier, travel immerses you in other cultures, other people and assists you to better empathize with those who may live a very different lifestyle from your own.  All of these components go into being an emotionally available person.

  • Do you see yourself as a practitioner in a complex world on her way to enlightenment?

Always and forever… 

  • Has travel been a life altering activity for you?

It has been, and always will be.

  • What would have been the metaphorical link between you and travel if you were not a psychotherapist?

As a psychotherapist, I am trained and experienced in being able to read non-verbal cues. I have also been trained to know if, when and how to deescalate a situation, that it becoming uncomfortable or out of hand. These are all quite helpful skills to have when in an unfamiliar place, lost in translation, or in any unfortunate situation. However, I have known non-psychotherapists who also carry these same skills when traveling. I suppose the more you travel, the more you learn.

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Comments

  1. I believe travel is good for our overall psyche!
    I would love to do the Camino!

  2. Completely agree that, if done in a responsible way (and it should not be seen as a catch-all solution for everyone) that travel can indeed be a form of therapy. I lay no claim to being an expert on psychotherapy or any other form of one, but I totally agree that travel can change one’s perspective on life in a profound way. Some of my experiences most certainly have 🙂

    • Hi Joe 🙂 Thanks for reading. I am excited to hear that travel has changed some of your perspectives on life. It’s truly a beautiful thing. Would love to follow your adventures on Instagram. You can find my page, @buenqamino — Have a great day!

  3. Very interesting. I truly feel that travel is very good for us mind, body and soul.

  4. This is too deep for me. I have traveled and worked all over the world. When I travel I see new places and learn. That makes me happy. The rest I’ll leave to the therapists to figure out.

  5. A very interesting read. I think for me personally, travel is definitely some sort of therapy. I makes me stronger, more confident, releases stress and just makes me feel good.

    • Thanks for reading, and for the lovely compliment, Chantal! I love to hear that traveling is also therapeutic for you, and that it makes you stronger, more confident, helps release stress and makes you feel good.

      I would love to follow your adventures on Instagram. You can find my page, @buenqamino — Have a great day!

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