Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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THIS BOOK is an effort to bridge worlds: contemporary psychoanalytic theory and praxis and pastoral counseling. It offers an overview of pastoral psychotherapeutic theory and practice from a postmodern, relational-psychoanalytic perspective, within the context of a new, postmodern pastoral theology. The book was con-ceived as filling a gap, both as a textbook for advanced students in clinical training ...
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Bea1 first came into my office on a warm September afternoon. She introduced her-self nervously, looking downcast. Her voice was very soft and low. She was stylishly dressed and made up, but the overall impression she gave was one of lack of confi-dence. Long, shiny black hair hung down like a curtain, hiding part of her face. She settled tentatively into the chair I offered and did not hold her head up. She looked ...
PART 1A Theological and Theoretical Framework
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Chapter 1A Relational Understandingof Persons
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ALL THEOLOGY, but especially pastoral theology, begins with human beings, and in particular, the pain and brokenness of the human condition (and indeed, all cre-ation). Pastoral theology takes suffering as its starting place1—in Jürgen Moltmann’s words, “the open wound of life in this world.”2 The classic pastoral functions, as articulated in the mid-twentieth century, and amended in recent decades, immerse ...
Chapter 2A Relational Understanding of God
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IT WAS ALREADY IMPOSSIBLE in the preceding chapter to describe the human person without making reference to God. As psychoanalysis, postmodern philosophy, and brain science all converge on a conception of the human being—and indeed, cre-ation—as more multiple, complex, and in motion than we had previously thought (or been able to think because of our Enlightenment conditioning to unitary and ...
Chapter 3A Relational Understandingof Health and Unhealth
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I dream that I have just awakened to discover frightening, cancerous-looking lesions on my forehead. I go to the house of a friend who is a priest, and ask her to recommend a doctor to call because I have none. As I am calling her family physician, I discover to my horror that small, tuberous roots are growing out of the lesions, and a double row of roots is also grow-THIS DREAM CAME TO ME years ago when I was still a graduate student in pastoral ...
PART 2Practicing Pastoral Psychotherapy
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Chapter 4The Therapeutic Process:Overview and Getting Started
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Great is this power of memory, exceedingly great, O my God—a large and boundless inner hall! Who has plumbed the depths of it? Yet it is a power of my mind, and it belongs to my nature. But I do not myself grasp all that I am. Thus the mind is far too narrow to contain itself. But where can that part of it be which it does not contain? Is it outside and not in itself? How can it be, then, that the mind cannot grasp itself? A great marvel rises in me; ...
Chapter 5The Middle Phase and Termination:Multiplicity in Action
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It is a very remarkable thing that the Unconscious of one human being can react upon that of another, without passing through the Conscious. This deserves closer investigation, espe-cially with a view to finding out whether preconscious activity can be excluded as playing a part in it; but, descriptively speaking, the fact is incontestable.The foundation for all effective therapeutic work is empathy.2 Rather than a clas-...
Chapter 6The Therapeutic Sensibility:Chaos, Silence, Love
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TOWARD THE BEGINNING of chapter 4, I suggested that there are two kinds of answer to the question of how pastoral psychotherapy is actually done. The first involves the actual techniques that a therapist must learn and practice with increasing sensitiv-ity and skill, as described in the previous two chapters. But the second, and perhaps most important, answer involves a therapeutic philosophy or attitude, which goes ...
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Glossary of Psychoanalytic Terms
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Index of Names
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dex of Subjects
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Index of Biblical References
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Page Count: 374
Publication Year: 2011