Trauma, Disability and the "Wounded Healer"

David L. Abbott

Abstract


A medical memoir addressing the author’s history of trauma, limb loss, use of music as a resource, and how these experiences shaped his pursuit of education and career in music therapy.  The significant influence of Jung’s “wounded healer” concept (particularly as elucidated by Kirmayer) on the development of the author’s identity as a clinician with a history of trauma is discussed. The importance of addressing the needs of wounded clinicians, and the risks and benefits of disclosure, are explored.


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