When in therapy, women inevitably present both sexual and spiritual issues of importance. However, there has yet to be brought forth an integrating approach to women’s sexuality and spirituality. The book fills this gap, integrating these two diverse yet connected aspects of therapy. This innovative exploration of women’s experiences of their sexuality and spirituality is presented from a feminist psychological perspective, clearly illustrating the dichotomy that exists in Western culture and offering a unique approach for convergence. This book provides therapists with positive and self-affirming viewpoints and practical strategies to help harmonize sexual and spiritual issues in women clients.
The book uses a synergistic perspective to facilitate healing for women’s psycho/sexual/spiritual growth and development. Therapists are provided with invaluable tools for personal understanding and clinical practice when considering sexuality and spirituality and how they interact in a client’s life.
This book is crucial reading for psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, educators, pastoral counselors, and anyone interested in learning more about the intersections between sexuality and spirituality.
This book was published as a special issue of Women & Therapy: A Feminist Quarterly.
1. Introduction Amy Mahoney and Oliva M. Espín 2. Our Inner Black Madonna: Reclaiming Sexuality, Embodying Sacredness Lillian Comas-Díaz 3. Latina Health Activist-Healers Bridging Body and Spirit Irene Lara 4. Five Therapists’ Personal and Professional Reflections and Integration Sally D. Stabb, Debra Mollen, Carmen Cruz, Kelly Simonson, Avni Vyas and Karin H. Bruckner 5. Bridging the Divide: Integrating Lesbian Identity and Orthodox Judaism Judith M. Glassgold 6. What’s Faith Got to Do with It? The Role of Spirituality and Religion in Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Sexual Satisfaction Brandy L. Smith and Sharon G. Horne 7. Is It Possible for Christian Women to Be Sexual? Amy Mahoney 8. It’s Not Just a Headache, Dear: Why Some Women Say No to Connecting Sex and Spirit Gina Ogden 9. Traditional Religious Doctrine and Women’s Sexuality: Reconciling the Contradictions Judith C. Daniluk and Nicolle Browne