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Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy
An Integrative Approach That Empowers Clients
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Spirituality and Religion in Counseling and Psychotherapy offers a practical approach that utilizes thematically based, personally accessible notions of spirituality and an integration of various traditional and contemporary counseling theories. The author provides a model that integrates existing counseling theories, revolving around the concept of the Real Self, with spiritual themes. By encouraging readers to increase their personal awareness and spiritual differentiation, they can enhance their clinical effectiveness with spiritual issues and avoid ethical transgressions related to imposing their beliefs or personalizing client issues.


Preface xiii Acknowledgments xxi About the Author xxiii 1 Spiritual Competencies and Premises 1 Central Premises 5 Spirituality and Religion 20 2 Client-Defined Spirituality 23 Remembering 28 External Presence and Inner Knowing 29 Transcendent and Ordinary Experiences 31 Present Moment Awareness 32 Interconnectedness 33 Love and Fear 35 Free Will 36 Creativity and Artistic Expression 38 Nature and Natural Beauty 39 Openheartedness 40 Personal Relationship 41 Thematic Integration 42 3 Integrating Spirituality With Psychological Theories 45 Freud 45 Jung 46 Object Relations and Attachment Theories 48 Interpersonal Theory: Horney 51 Humanism: Rogers 52 Control-Mastery Theory: Weiss 54 Internal Family Systems Theory: Schwartz 57 Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Linehan 59 Transpersonal and Integral Theories 60 Life Span Development Th eories 62 Thematic Integration 65 4 Getting Lost: Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives 69 Why Clients Get Lost 71 A Spiritual Perspective 87 5 Spiritual Health and Abundance: Practical Steps 101 Being Open to Client-Defined Spirituality 101 Utilizing Spirituality for Resourcing 109 Inviting Spirituality to Inform Personal Integrity 111 Evaluating Life Structures 113 Remembering and Committing to Spiritual Practice 123 6 Integrating the Shadow 125 The Shadow 126 How Shadows Form 129 When Clients Marry Their Shadow 134 Integration 141 7 Self and No-Self 149 No-Self 150 An Integration of Self and No-Self 157 Helping Clients Reclaim Their Real Self 160 8 How Spiritually Oriented Therapy Helps 169 A Collaborative Team 172 Self-Awareness 174 Insight 179 Reexperiencing Relational Dynamics 181 New Relationship With the Real Self 184 Embracing Inner Health 187 Embracing Relationship Health 189 Utilizing Spiritually Oriented Th erapy 190 Final Thoughts 193 9 Spiritual-Differentiation 195 The Identity and Differentiation Process 196 Characteristics of Well-Differentiated Individuals 201 Increasing Differentiation 213 Increasing Therapist Spiritual-Differentiation 217 References 223 Author Index 245 Subject Index 249


ISBN-13: 9781118239100
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd (John Wiley & Sons Inc)
Publication date: March, 2013
Pages: 288

Subcategories: Psychotherapy