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Date of Graduation

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Lennis G. Echterling


This paper looks at the status of mental health in Kenya with specific focus on counseling and psychotherapy. It looks at the history of counseling and psychotherapy in Kenya, counselor educations programs, accreditation, licensure and certification, current counseling and psychotherapy theories, processes and trends, and research and supervision. Its purpose is to examine how counseling and psychotherapy is developing in Kenya. It explores how Western methods of psychotherapy are being incorporated in treatment of individuals with mental illness. It also looks at possible ways in which traditional methods of healing can be incorporated into the treatment of mental illness. This study is a literature review of recently published works by various professionals involved in mental health research and training in Kenya. The counseling profession in Kenya is in its formative years, but a lot of research and training is being implemented to meet the mental health needs of Kenyans.

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