This book explores the similarities and differences between the practice of psychotherapy and spiritual direction and suggests that, whilst there may be distinctions between the two activities, the process is essentially the same. The purpose of the book is to improve the understanding between therapists and spiritual directors, to encourage dialogue and discussion between them, as well as to offer challenges and learning to both. In the process of exploring the interface between the practice of therapy and the practice of spiritual direction, questions arise about how to address issues of spirituality in a psychological context and psychological issues in a spiritual context. A brief overview of the historical background to spiritual direction is given, and attention drawn to the links between this tradition and the development of psychotherapy. Spiritual issues that may arise in therapy together with psychological issues that occur during spiritual direction are discussed, leading on to a comparison between 'dark night of the soul' experiences and clinical depression.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 170
Weight: 472 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"This is clear, well organized, and elegantly written. Whilst not everyone will agree with some of the conclusions, students and practitioners of both disciplines will find much to provoke, inspire, challenge, and usefully engage with."--Andrew Walker, Director of the Ignatian Spirituality programme, a Psychosynthesis trained supervisor and counsellor, founder director of the London Centre for Spirituality, and presently priest in cha
"In a clear and well-argued book, Lynette Harborne demonstrates why therapists and spiritual directors need to be open to each other's disciplines. This informative book raises important issues both for practising therapists and directors and for those in training."--Canon Robert Wright, Canon Emeritus of Westminster, formerly Sub-Dean and Archdeacon of Westminster, Rector of St Margaret's, and Chaplain to the Speaker
"This is, for me, the first significant book on the British scene that addresses the question of where and how spiritual direction and psychotherapy overlap. The result is a powerful statement that addresses both sets of practitioners with remarkable effect and is just the beginning of an important encounter. It is my wish that this book becomes a catalyst to a rich and fruitful conversation that will be seen as the source of considerable movement for all concerned. All of its points need to be taken seriously."--John Eatock, FBACP, BACP Lead Advisor for Spiritual & Pastoral Care and Counselling 2007-2011