This new edited collection explores the intersection of spiritual direction and counselling/psychotherapy, and the relationship between the two. Citing the influencing effect prayer and counselling have had on each other, the contributors offer insight into the similarities and differences of spiritual direction and counselling, and of what the disciplines have to learn from each other.
Advocating the importance of addressing the spiritual dimension of care in areas such as mental health and social care, this book promotes a synthesis of pastoral guidance and psychological counselling. The chapters offer insight to the healing role spirituality and prayer can play when counselling for trauma, sexual abuse or loss of a loved one. Whether discussing training counsellors to be spiritually literate, or exploring how spiritual accompaniers can take a psychologically-informed approach, all the contributors bring their extensive experience to bear working with spiritual and psychological issues.
Peter Madsen Gubi, PhD, ThD, is Professor of Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment at the University of Chester, UK. He is a BACP Registered Senior Accredited Counsellor, a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor, an APSE Senior Accredited Pastoral Supervisor, and a Spiritual Director in Private Practice. He is a consecrated Presbyter in the Moravian Church, and author of 'Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling: Journeying with psyche and soul', and 'Prayer in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Exploring a hidden meaningful dimension', also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Introduction - Peter Madsen Gubi. 1. Exploring Discernment - Lynette Harborne. 2. Using Prayer in Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment - Peter Madsen Gubi. 3. Creative Methods in Spiritual Exploration: Inviting the Sublime into the Room - Phil Goss. 4. Contemplative Approaches to Training Spiritually Literate Counsellors - R. Jane Williams. 5. The Use of Reflexive Practice Groups in Spiritual Development - Peter Madsen Gubi. 6. Grieving for Myself: The Silence and Spirituality of Personal Loss - Ruth Bridges. 7. Spirituality and Sexual Abuse - Valda Swinton. 8. Trauma and Spiritual Growth - Nikki Kiyimba. 9. Counsellors and Religious Pastoral Carers in Dialogue - William West.