Where the Waters Meet offers the reader a new way of viewing an old subject. So often psychology and counselling therapies have been, and still are, seen as competitors, or even enemies, vying for supremacy as the true religion. This book invites us to take a fresh look at these two fields, each with their own experience and dogma, and view them in a different light. We are introduced to complementarity, an approach through which vital common factors begin to break through the barriers of convention and jargon. This book is written from deeply held convictions about faith and about therapy and emerges from several decades of experience in ordained ministry, and of working as a psychodynamic counsellor. The author is passionate about both the healing process of therapy and the life-giving inspiration of faith. He sees the two not as enemies but as intrinsically linked.
David Buckley is a retired Methodist Minister and a psychodynamic counsellor and supervisor. He was born in Sheffield in 1943 and trained for ordained ministry in Birmingham, at Handsworth College and Queen's Ecumenical College. In his work as a minister he has served in both rural and urban appointments throughout the UK. He has worked as a prison chaplain and for the last five years of his active ministry as the ecumenical chaplain to Kingston University, London. Throughout his ministry, he has maintained a keen interest in and commitment to ecumenism. After gaining degrees in theology and biblical studies from London and Hull Universities, he developed a long-standing interest in psychology and counselling. During the 1990's he trained with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, gaining several diplomas in psychodynamic counselling. He now lives in Chipping Norton, where he has a private practice as a counsellor and supervisor. For the past four years he has worked as a counsellor for a large GP surgery.
ContentsPART ONE: PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION1 Differing Approaches2 Complementarity3 TributariesPART TWO: THEOLOGICAL AND THERAPEUTICPERSPECTIVES4 A Theological Perspective: Panentheism5 A Psychological Perspective:Psychodynamic TherapyPART THREE: EXAMPLES OF COMPLEMENTARITY6 Responding to Evil: Splitting and Projecting7 Responding to Evil: Integration andAmbivalence8 The Self, Salvation and UnconditionalPositive Regard9 The Presence of God and the Capacity to be Alone10 The Holy Spirit and Introjection