Hidden Spring: The Spiritual Dimension of Therapy

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Fortress Press - Religion - 164 pages
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Increasingly pastoral counselors-along with psychotherapists and social workers-feel the need to integrate spirituality into their therapy. Thomas Hart's pioneering and lucid book, here reissued and updated, equips them to do so. The problems that people bring to counseling always have a spiritual dimension, and this hidden spring can also figure in their healing. Hart, a therapist and theologian, shows how much richer therapy is when it calls attention to spirituality in addressing human struggles. He argues that psychology and sprituality unite in a common goal of healing, with growth, and fulfilment; while spirituality offers a larger, more ultimate framework of value, meaning, and power. Especially for those whose training tended toward the straightforwardly psychological, Hidden Spring offers a manual for a richer, more meaningful counseling. Initial chapters discuss the presence of God in ordinary life, the relationship of the two disciplines, and the contours of healthy spirituality. Six concrete and illuminating case studies demonstrate how to integrate the two in practice.
 

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The Presence of God in Ordinary Life
7
Psychotherapy and Spirituality
20
Toward a Healthy Spirituality Ten Guiding Principles
37
Stories of Counseling
57
About the Stories That Follow
58
The Man Who Hated Himself
59
Battling Depression
71
Is This Marriage Over?
82
How Could God Allow This?
91
The Woman Who Was Selfish
106
Who Am IReally?
120
Further Questions
135
Questions about Practice
137
Notes
151
Suggestions for Further Reading
161
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Page 8 - LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Page 8 - The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
Page 15 - Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.
Page 14 - God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.

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Thomas Hart teaches theology at Seattle University.

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