Charleston-Based Trauma Psychologist Trekking across US

By Tabitha Johnston The Martinsburg Journal | Sunday Gazette-Mail, April 15, 2018 | Go to article overview

Charleston-Based Trauma Psychologist Trekking across US


Tabitha Johnston The Martinsburg Journal, Sunday Gazette-Mail


HARPERS FERRY - Charleston-based trauma psychologist Ernie Vecchio will be passing through the Eastern Panhandle soon on an over 3,000 mile pilgrimage across the U.S. on the American Discovery Trail.

Vecchio, who rode the first 151 miles of his pilgrimage in honor of and then joined the March For Our Lives gun control rally in Washington, D.C., just finished the Potomac River portion of the trail, and will soon be heading through the trail's portion in West Virginia. His trip, which he calls the Camino Del Alma or Way of the Soul, started at the trail's head in Lewes Beach, Delaware on March 11.

"I want to be inspired. I want this to restore my faith in human nature and in people, that I know that there have to people who have questions, Vecchio said, mentioning his journey will skip the trail's passage through the desert and Colorado mountains.

"My journey is about trying to share with people what I've learned in working with thousands of folks who have gone through trauma. If you're wise about anything in life, that wisdom has come through pain, Vecchio said, mentioning his 30-year career focused on helping thousands of patients with extreme trauma, like amputation, paralyzation and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Vecchio came up with the pilgrimage's idea after learning about the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage to Saint James the Great's alleged grave in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, a 10-day journey across Spain which has existed for over one hundred years. Vecchio's pilgrimage, however, is focused on raising awareness for the Inner Lives Matter movement, which focuses on healing from trauma and other inner struggles through mindfulness. …

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