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Where the Waters Meet
Convergence and Complementarity in Therapy and Theology

ISBN 9781855755918
Published May 28, 2008 by Routledge
166 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Psychology and Religion -- Differing approaches -- Complementarity -- Tributaries -- Theological and Therapeutic Perspectives -- A theological perspective: panentheism -- A psychological perspective: psychodynamic therapy -- Examples of Complementarity -- Responding to evil: splitting and projecting -- Responding to evil: integration and ambivalence -- The self, salvation and unconditional positive regard -- The presence of God and the capacity to be alone -- The Holy Spirit and introjection -- Conclusion

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