1st Edition

The Invisible Alliance Psyche and Spirit in Feminist Therapy

By Ellyn Kaschak Copyright 2002
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Explore the relationship between psychology and spirituality from a feminist perspective!

    From the editor: “There are forces in the universe about which we know nothing and can learn nothing through empiricism and material means. Such forces can be invoked in the process of therapy to assist in healing, to deepen experience, and to free us from the confining limits of the human mind. This is a book about the spiritual within each of us and about spirituality as it extends beyond any of us to embrace all of us. It deals with inspiration and passion, sorrow and loss, meaning and depth. It focuses upon the relationship between matters of spirit and of psychology, leading to new treatments within the parameters of psychotherapy that extend its vision far beyond the treatment of affliction.”

    The Invisible Alliance: Psyche and Spirit in Feminist Therapy provides you with a comprehensive review of multiculturalism and its relationship with feminism and spirituality and explores:

    • ways to incorporate Jewish principles and beliefs into feminist therapy
    • the application of religious sources of passion and perspective to parenting and working with children
    • ways to combine Christian and Wiccan philosophies in therapy
    • a provocative approach for integrating Christian biblical teachings into feminist therapy for survivors of sexual abuse
    • ways that Buddhist ideas can enrich the understanding of the self and identity
    • a case study of ancient healing traditions used by Latinas
    • criteria for therapists to use in deciding whether to work with clients dealing with spiritual/religious issues or refer them to someone more appropriate
    • a way to use the power of ritual to heal and give more meaning to important life transitions

    • Preface: The Invisible Alliance: Spiritual and Psychological Practice Reunited
    • Feminism, Multiculturalism, and Spirituality: Convergent and Divergent Forces in Psychotherapy
    • DeAlmas Latinas (The Souls of Latina Women): A Psychospiritual Culturally Relevant Group Process
    • Together We Build a Mishkan: Integrating Jewish Spirituality into Feminist Social Work Practice
    • Kabbalah as Sacred Psychology
    • Riding the Currents: Sources of Balance and Nurturance for a Parenting Child Therapist
    • Two, Not Two: A View of the S(s)elf from a Buddhist and Feminist Perspective
    • Self-in-Relation Theory and Women’s Religious Identity in Therapy
    • Where Was God? Utilizing Spirituality with Christian Survivors of Sexual Abuse
    • Spirituality in the Therapy Process
    • Sandplay and Women’s Spirituality
    • A Spiritual Coming Out: The Use of Ritual in a Psychotherapy Practice
    • Letting Nature Take Its Course
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Ellyn Kaschak, PhD