Spirituality in Psychotherapy: How do Psychotherapists Understand, Navigate, Experience and Integrate Spirituality in their Professional Encounters with Clients? [Hardback]

Amalia E.M. Carli (Author)

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ISBN: 9789088909337 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 300p, H254 x W178 (mm) 1 bw
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Spirituality in Psychotherapy

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This book explores how Western European psychotherapists, interviewed between 2016 and 2019, understand spirituality and how they address spiritual matters in clinical sessions. By studying a purposive sample of 15 Clinicians from Spain, England, Switzerland, Greece, Norway and Denmark, it was found that these shared similar views about spirituality, understood as dynamic, fluid and independent from religion. The interviewed psychotherapists showed great variation in their psychotherapy trainings, theoretical background and spiritual stances. However, the participants’ rich narratives illustrate that independently from their personal and professional background they all approached spiritual matters from a client centered, humanistic perspective. Spirituality was often addressed heuristically, integrating different approaches in a creative manner through an array of interventions. Differences in the participants’ religious and cultural background did not appear to determine the clinicians’ views and approaches. Recommendations for practice are discussed, stressing the relevance of implementing a non-materialistic scientific paradigm that acknowledges different personal experiences, as a source of spiritual knowledge. The importance of keeping a non-judgmental perspective and the need to acknowledge views and practices of those considering themselves as spiritual but not religious are also highlighted. Different audiences may find this book relevant, for instance psychotherapists and those in charge of psychotherapy training programs wishing to integrate a spiritual perspective in clinical work independent from religious doctrines. Likewise, those interested in historical perspectives about the traditional exclusion of spirituality from clinical work as well as the current re-integration of non- dogmatic, fluid spiritual perspectives may find relevant information. The theoretical discussions and methodological explanations could be of interest for those considering to implement thematic analysis or to pursue qualitative studies from a collaborative and reflexive stance.

Table of Contents

TABLE OVERVIEW
DEDICATION
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABSTRACTS
 
SECTION I: INTRODUCING THIS DISSERTATION
 
CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION -RATIONALE AND CONTEXTUALIZATION
Concepts clarification
Starting this journey
How this chapter is organized
Dissertation goals and research question
Rationale and significance of this project
Theories underpinning this dissertation
Qualitative methodology and methods of data generation
Approaching an understanding of spirituality
 
SECTION II: LITERATURE REVIEW
 
CHAPTER II: SPIRITUALITY AND RELATED CONSTRUCTS
Re-acknowledging spirituality in secularized societies
Spirit: the breath of life
Spirituality and religion: some differentiations
Spirituality as an evolutionary path
 
CHAPTER III: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES on SPIRITUALITY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Freud’s hostility towards religion
Religion excluded from modernist psychotherapy
Acknowledging the spiritual: Carl Gustav Jung
Some of Jung’s relevant constructs
A non material paradigm in science
 
CHAPTER IV: A SPIRITUAL REAWAKENING
Research on religion, spirituality and mental health
Integration of spirituality in psychotherapy work
Organizations bridging spirituality and mental health
Therapists’ attitudes influence clinical work
 
SECTION III: THEORIES, METHODOLOGY AND METHODS
 
CHAPTER V: THEORETICAL INFLUENCES
A Bricolage approach to qualitative inquiry
Metatheories – theories on what research is about
Towards a postmaterialist view of science
Postmodern perspectives
Reflexivity in collaborative research
 
CHAPTER VI: METHODOLOGY AND METHODS
Choosing a qualitative research methodology
Methods
The research sample
Introducing the fifteen participants
Table 1- The participants’ Psychotherapeutic Orientation
Table 2 – The participants’ Religious Family Background
Table 3 – The participants’ Spiritual Stance Now
A brief presentation of each participant
Research as an invitation
Data generation: qualitative research interviews
Lines of Inquiry
 
CHAPTER VII: DATA ANALYSIS, QUALITY STANDARDS AND ETHICAL ISSUES
The analysis process
Addressing quality criteria in this inquiry
Ethical concerns
 
SECTION IV: REPRESENTING THE GENERATED DATA in THREE CHAPTERS
Representing the generated data
My expectations before starting the study
 
CHAPTER VIII: FINDINGS-UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUALITY
The Participants’ understanding of Spirituality
Spirituality: fluid and evolving
 
CHAPTER IX: FINDINGS- NAVIGATING THE SPIRITUAL
Spiritual approaches and the therapist’s orientation
Spiritual interventions independent of client’s expectations
Spiritual needs come from soul, not culture
Therapist’s self-disclosure–or not?
Table 4 – Some of the participants’ interventions
 
CHAPTER X: FINDINGS – INTEGRATING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
Personal and professional growth
Table 5 – Personal experiences influencing the therapists’ spiritual views
Spirituality and psychotherapy: blurry boundaries
Ideas about including spirituality in psychotherapy
Signs of a paradigm shift
 
SECTION V: DISCUSSION OF THE GENERATED FINDINGS
 
CHAPTER XI: DISCUSSION – UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUALITY
Acknowledging spirituality as a flexible concept
Personal sources of spiritual knowledge
Reflections on the participants’ spiritual understanding
 
CHAPTER XII: DISCUSSION- NAVIGATING SPIRITUAL ISSUES IN SESSIONS
A bricolage of interventions
A globalized, non-local psychotherapy culture
Openness to a spirituality within psychotherapy
Jung inspired understanding
Addressing new spiritual expressions
 
CHAPTER XIII: DISCUSSION- INTEGRATING SPIRITUALITY and CRITICAL REMARKS
Experiencing and integrating spirituality
Critical perspectives and power issues
Reflections about the participants’ contributions
An autoethnographic reflection
 
SECTION VI: IMPLICATIONS AND EVALUATION
 
CHAPTER XIV: PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS and EVALUATION of the INQUIRY
Suggestions for practice
Main premises suggested to consider in psychotherapy
Limitations of this study
Directions for further research
E-valuation of the dissertation work
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
APPENDICES
Appendix 1: Letter of Information and Consent
Appendix 2: Lines of Inquiry
Appendix 3: Example of interview follow Up
Appendix 4: Excerpts from the reflexive journal

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