Psychotherapy and Christianity

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Date(s) - 11th May, 2019
All Day

WPF Therapy


At WPF Therapy

There is an important relationship between psychotherapy and Christianity, though it is often overlooked. It’s of interest for clinical, theoretical and cultural reasons that this day will discuss.

To explore how psychotherapy does and doesn’t understand the Christian’s relationship to God, as well as examining how psychotherapy has tried to understand the God of monotheism.

There are also practical issues here, too, because spiritual desires will inevitably come into the therapy room, though it seems common for Christians to feel wary of how their beliefs will be treated. .

Workshop Aims

By the end of this workshop you will have a good sense of how different schools of psychotherapy, particularly those associated with Freud, Jung and Winnicott, do and don’t work so far as believers in God are concerned, and how this has left a legacy of suspicion between the traditions.

To look at how psychotherapy can help people with their personal concerns in order to reach a point where their anxieties aren’t so preoccupying and other dynamics in life, including those of the divine, can come more clearly into view. This will include considering how Christianity and other religious traditions can be used abusively and defensively.

The day will also enable you to learn more about the history of ideas, particularly the often forgotten parts of the Christian tradition associated with mystical practices and contemplative life, and how Christianity and psychotherapy relate to the evolution of consciousness in the West.

Above all, by the end of the day you will have enjoyed a space in which to think about the broader meaning of psychotherapy, as well as how psychotherapists can work with others engaged in fostering inner life.