Survey of Shamanic Practitioners' Demographics, Conceptualization of Mental Illness, and Collaborative Potential

Linda Lee (2009)

Through an Internet survey, respondents identified themselves as adult shamanic practitioners living in the United States, primarily Caucasian, female, educated, and an average age of 56 years. Respondents work with people reporting both psychological and physical symptoms, and characterized mental and physical illness as an imbalance in a holistic system. They identify the source of imbalance as a disconnection from spirit, or at the level of the soul. Respondents employ a variety of healing techniques uniquely formulated for each client and healing session, and generally assess client improvement through dialog and follow-up. Respondents expressed interest in collaborating with other health care providers, suggesting increased receptivity to shamanic healing and relationship-building as critical components toward that goal.