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"Written with great clarity and intelligence, this book will be of benefit to all mental health practitioners, students of psychology, and those seeking a better understanding of their own process of psychological and spiritual transformation."
—Tara Brach, PhD, Aut... MORE
"In this wonderful book, Rick Johnson weaves together different theoretical perspectives in a way that welcomes religion, spirituality, and nature into the counseling and psychotherapy process. It's a delight to read Dr. Johnson's approach—an approach that teaches therapists how to empathically explore spirituality as an important dimension of human existence."
—John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, coauthor of Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice and Clinical Interviewing
"Rick Johnson's book Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy is a rich introduction to the varied forms in which spiritual suffering enters the consulting room, the range of theories which address or fail to address this need, and specific attitudes and practices through which therapists can provide a non-doctrinal but open encounter with the spiritual needs of their clients."
—James Hollis, PhD, Jungian analyst, and author of fourteen books, among them What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life
A practical integration of psychology and spirituality that builds upon existing psychological theories
While many clients want spiritual and philosophical issues to be addressed in therapy, many mental health professionals report that they feel ill-equipped to meet clients' needs in this area. Providing a model that is approachable from a variety of theoretical orientations, Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy supports therapists in becoming open to the unique ways that clients define, experience, and access life-affirming, spiritual beliefs and practices.
Drawing on the author's research into spiritual issues as well as predictors of clients' psychological health, this reflective book presents an integrative approach to discussing the topic of spirituality. An essential resource for mental health professionals of all spiritual and religious persuasions, Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy discusses:
Filled with numerous cases and stories illustrating how spirituality can be a natural and beneficial part of the therapeutic process, Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy enables mental health professionals to nonjudgmentally invite a collaborative exploration of the role of spirituality in their clients' lives.
Chapter One Spiritual Competencies and Premises
Spirituality and Religion
Chapter Two Client-Defined Spirituality
External Presence and Inner Knowing
Transcendent and Ordinary Experiences
Present Moment Awareness
Love and Fear
Creativity and Artistic Expression
Nature and Natural Beauty
Chapter Three Integrating Spir... MORE
Object Relations & Attachment Theories
Control-Mastery Theory: Weiss
Internal Family Systems Theory: Schwartz
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Linehan
Transpersonal and Integral Theories
Life Span Development Theories
Chapter Four Getting Lost: Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives
Why Clients Get Lost
A Spiritual Perspective
Chapter Five Spiritual Health and Abundance: Practical Steps
Being Open to Client-Defined Spirituality
Utilizing Spirituality for Resourcing
Inviting Spirituality to Inform Personal Integrity
Evaluating Life Structures
Therapeutic Support for Evaluating Life Structures
Remembering and Committing to Spiritual Practice
Chapter Six Integrating the Shadow
How Shadows Form
When Clients Marry their Shadow
Chapter Seven Self and No-Self
An Integration of Self and No-Self
Helping Clients Reclaim their Real Self
Chapter Eight How Spiritually-Oriented Therapy Helps
A Collaborative Team
Re-Experiencing Relational Dynamics
New Relationship with the Real Self
Embracing Inner Health
Embracing Relationship Health
Utilizing Spiritually-Oriented Therapy
Chapter Nine Spiritual-Differentiation
The Identity and Differentiation Process
Characteristics of Well-Differentiated Individuals
Increasing Therapist Spiritual-Differentiation
PATRICK "RICK" JOHNSON, PhD, is Department Chair of the Counselor Education Department at Portland State University. Previously, he was an assistant and associate professor at Montana State University. Dr. Johnson is also a licensed psychologist and maintains an active private practice. His research and scholarly agendas focus on the effects of family experiences on psychosocial development in adolescence and adulthood, as well as the integration of psychological and spiritual health.