Using Spirituality in Psychotherapy: The Heart Led Approach to Clinical Practice offers a means for therapists to integrate a spiritual perspective into their clinical practice. The book provides a valuable alternative to traditional forms of psychotherapy by placing an emphasis on purpose and meaning.
Introducing a new spiritually-informed model, Heart Led Psychotherapy (HLP), the book uses a BioPsychoSocialSpiritual approach to treat psychological distress. When clients experience challenges, trauma or attachment difficulties, this can create blocks and restrictions which result in repeated patterns of behaviours and subsequent psychological distress. Based on the premise that everyone is on an individual life journey, HLP teaches clients to become an observer, identifying the life lesson that they are being asked to understand or experience. The model can be used whether a client has spiritual beliefs or not, enabling them to make new choices that are in keeping with their authentic selves, and to live a more fulfilled and peaceful life.
Illustrated by case studies to highlight key points, and including a range of practical resource exercises and strategies, this engaging book will have wide appeal to therapists and clinicians from a variety of backgrounds.
"Curiously, despite far-reaching social changes in both the mainstream culture and within psychoanalysis, the tendency to deploy bisexuality in psychoanalytic texts in ways that perpetuate gender binaries and obliterate bisexual desires persists. Esther’s book is refreshing in that it pointedly critiques this erasure and firmly inscribes bisexuality as an identity and practice into our clinical theory. Her cogent theoretical formulations and vivid clinical examples make it clear that psychoanalysis has not succeeded in theorizing bisexuals out of existence." --Lynne Layton, Harvard Medical School, Past Editor, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society
"Rapoport eloquently asks us to consider the centrality of bisexuality to our theoretical knowledges - and lived experiences - of the sexual, the erotic, the intimate. Long misunderstood as a phase, an aberration and even a perversity within queerness itself, bisexuality is both a potential out of which narrower experiences of sexuality and gender are conditioned and a particular form desire can take. What kind of healing may occur if we recognize a bi-erotic subjectivity? Desiring will transform how we understand not just bisexuality but sex, sexuality, and gender." --Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English and of Gender & Sexuality, UC, Irvine
"In this compelling book Dr. Rapoport addresses the complicated meeting point between sex, gender, identity and subjectivity within psychoanalysis through the question of Bisexuality. Using bisexuality as a subjectivity, a vantage point and signifier for unknowability, the book offers an important critique of identitarian approaches to sexuality while also insisting on a discourse of bisexuality that accounts for its subjective experience and representation. Drawing on psychoanalytic, queer and social theories, Rapoport places bisexuality at the centre of interdisciplinary discussion in ways that widen its clinical and theoretical scope without settling its meaning." --Oren Gozlan, Psy.D., ABPP, Author, Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning: A Lacanian Perspective
Foreword by Art O'Malley
SECTION 1. INTRODUCING A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE INTO PSYCHOTHERAPY;
Chapter 1. SPIRITUAL WORK WITH CLIENTS;
Chapter 2. BIOPSYCHOSOCIALSPIRITUAL MODEL;
SECTION 2. PREPARATION FOR THE HEART LED PSYCHOTHERAPY MODEL;
Chapter 3. THE POWER OF THE EGO;
Chapter 4. LEARNING TO LIVE A HEARTFUL AND SOULFUL LIFE;
Chapter 5. MINDFULNESS;
SECTION 3. THE HEART LED PSYCHOTHERAPY MODEL;
Chapter 6. PART 1: IDENTIFYING CHALLENGES, TRAUMAS AND ATTACHMENT DIFFICULTIES, BLOCKS AND RESTRICTIONS, REPEATED THEMES AND BECOMING THE OBSERVER;
Chapter 7. PART 2: LIFE LESSONS AND GIFTS;
Chapter 8. PART 3: ADVANCED HEART LED PSYCHOTHERAPY MODEL; SECTION 4. CASE STUDIES;
Chapter 9. CASE STUDIES USING THE BIOSPYCHOSOCIALSPIRITUAL MODEL WITH THE ADVANCED HEART LED PSYCHOTHERAPY MODEL;
Chapter 10. MY JOURNEY;