Psychiatric residential homes in Denmark offer Complementary Therapies (CT) such as massage and ear acupuncture as rehabilitative interventions. This article explores employees’ and leaders’ experiences with CT and investigates the relevance of CT in recovery processes.

The study is qualitative. Data consist of individual interviews and focus groups in four strategically selected psychiatric residential homes. A stepwise content analysis with open coding and condensed meaning creates four themes. The CARe Methodology serves as the theoretical framework for a deeper interpretative analysis.

It is a shared belief that CT acknowledge the residents’ physical and mental vulnerability. In rehabilitation, CT offers a holistic, collaborative approach and CT can be interpreted as both an internal, external and technological resource.

Keywords: complementary therapies, recovery, social psychiatry, CARe Methodology, qualitative study