The integration of religion into psychotherapy finds expression in the therapist's stance and response to those who seek help. The editors have gathered papers that demonstrate through extensive autobiographical material the relationship between personal religious experience and clinical work. The contributing authors, without exception, confront psychoanalytic theory and religious teachings in highly personal ways.
After reading these essays, one is left with a deep appreciation of life....The beauty of this book enables the reader to appreciate psychotherapy and spirituality as a mutual experience but one that have different underpinings that lead to the same direction. If you are questioning what life is about or have patients that do the same, [this book] will be a breath of fresh perspective and a mind expanding experience.
Marcella Bakur Weiner is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and former faculty of the Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology (TRISP). A prolific author and Doctor of Philosophy and Education, she has written or contributed to twenty books and sixty articles and appeared on major national television and radio shows. Currently, Dr. Weiner is adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where she maintains a private practice. Paul C. Cooper is a training committee member and faculty member at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis; faculty member at the Institute of Expressive Analysis and on the Board of Directors of the Center for Spirituality and Psychotherapy. He is in private practice in New York City and is a member of the Zen Studies Society. His award-winning articles and book reviews have appeared in various psychoanalytic journals and popular magazines.Claude Barbre is Associate Editor of theJournal of Religion and Health, and Executive Director of The Harlem Family Institute where he is a child and family psychotherapist. He is also Director ofOpenings, a pastoral training program sponsored by Episcopal Social Services and Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Religion at Manhattan College. He is the editor of many books and journal articles, most recently a double-issue inGender and Psychoanalysis on "Gender, Psychoanalysis, and Religion."
Chapter 1 The Spiritual Self in Psychoanalytic Therapy Chapter 2 Buddhism and Psychoanalysis Chapter 3 Psychotherapy and the Sacred Chapter 4 The Delicacy of Being Chapter 5 Faith Links Chapter 6 Sufi Meditations on Psychotherapy Chapter 7 My Incarnation This Time Around Chapter 8 A Christian Self Psychological Perspective Chapter 9 Replacement Religion Chapter 10 Empathy, Identification, and Discovering the Other