Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Brianna Darcy, DNP, APRN, CNP


Living with symptoms that resemble PTSD from past trauma can be detrimental to health, healing, and quality of life. Symptoms that resemble PTSD are intrusive and disruptive to daily life and can cause anxiety, vivid flashbacks and nightmares, and intense memories. Homeless individuals navigate challenges and are at increased risk for developing symptoms that resemble PTSD. This project explored Reiki as a healing modality to improve health, healing, and quality of life from the negative implications of past traumatic experiences. Guided by Martha Roher's SUHB Theory, this project connects Reiki with energy as healing. Understanding energy and energy fields can help individuals with self-healing of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Eighteen homeless individuals participated in this project and sixteen of the individuals reported experiencing past traumas while eleven were diagnosed with PTSD. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there needs to be more outreach with PTSD, and the quality of treatment needs to be improved. This project introduces Reiki as a form of healing in homeless individuals.


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