Encountering the Sacred in Psychotherapy: How to Talk with by James L. Griffith MD;Melissa Elliott Griffith CS LMFT

By James L. Griffith MD;Melissa Elliott Griffith CS LMFT

This publication publications therapists in exploring the artistic and therapeutic probabilities in people's religious and spiritual adventure, whereas countering methods it might probably do damage. James L. Griffith and Melissa Elliott Griffith combine principles from various healing perspectives--as good as knowledge gleaned from over twenty years of labor within the field--to aid therapists hear and reply whilst religious or non secular subject matters are invoked; ask applicable questions about ideals, practices, and groups; and paintings collaboratively to spot in my view significant assets for switch. Modeling an open, receptive stance, the publication demonstrates how one can honor an individual's language, rules, and traditions even within the absence of particular cultural wisdom or universal traditions. jam-packed with evocative own debts and healing dialogues, it is a compelling source for amateur and skilled clinicians alike. each one bankruptcy starts with a shiny case instance that brings to lifestyles the methods religious reports might colour and light up the tales advised in treatment, the language and metaphors used, and the meanings delivered to key relationships and occasions. The authors exhibit how non secular practices or a dating with a private God supplies a main street for healing switch, fairly whilst human relationships are absent, far away, or disrupted by way of trauma or loss. Narrative-informed techniques are utilized to a large choice of medical events, together with aiding humans get to the bottom of dating difficulties, deal with psychiatric signs, and focus on scientific health problems. issues mentioned contain even if and while to elevate non secular matters in remedy; operating with own narratives approximately God; assisting humans discover their relationships to person, familial, and cultural trust structures; utilizing non secular practices and rituals to advertise therapeutic; and working with non secular convictions that could be alienating or harmful. This clever and compassionate e-book belongs at the cabinets of therapists and counselors from a number of backgrounds, together with scientific psychology, psychiatry, relations remedy, social paintings, pastoral counseling, and nursing. it's going to additionally function a textual content in graduate-level counseling and psychotherapy classes.

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The physical setting of therapy can also be an obstacle. Several years ago when our family therapist colleague, Jerry Gross, was a church pastor, he became sensitized to the silent suffering of divorced persons who continued to come to their church even though this particular denomination with its strong antidivorce stance offered them minimal support. Jerry decided to invite them to meet with one another and with him, to support each other and to become a visible presence in the church. By establishing a meeting room and time and, to the dismay of a few church members, publicizing the meeting on the church signboard, he and the group helped to transform the space of the church to a more hospitable one for them and their stories, even when, sometimes, their stories were ones of felt betrayal by God and the religious community.

Any sense of separateness from the universe around her would disappear during meditation. Later, while experiencing the fragmenting loss of her love relationship, these meditative 22 ENCOUNTERING THE SACRED IN PSYCHOTHERAPY practices provided as much coherence in her life as did her psychotherapy. * Community, constituted by the relationships among those adhering to particularreligious beliefs or practices. A 60-year-old man became severely depressed after suffering a mild stroke. He told how he continued to read his Bible, to pray, and to experience God's presence as close at hand, but he was no longer able to go to church on Sunday.

We didn't come up with any questions for Jerry, but we did come up with something that made a difference for us. We decided to each think about times we had been judgmental, dismissive, and oppressive to others. We took turns telling one another about these times, and by the time we were finished, we could no longer judge Jerry Falwell. " 2. A climate of openness and respect can be facilitated by "democratizing" the structure of therapy. Thus far we have spoken only about the role of a clinician's knowledge and understanding in enabling per- Opening the Door 37 sons to speak about spiritual and religious experiences.

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