The Bury Practice for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Spring Conference: Spirituality in the consulting room

Professional development, events, training « Conference: Spirituality in the consulting room

Saturday 5th March 2005, 9.45 am - 4.00 pm

The Conference Centre, The Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LS (map)

Speaker: Margaret Clark, SAP

Paper: 'I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.' (Jesus in John 10.10)

The paper considers that the patient comes to therapy looking for a more 'abundant' life. The relevance of spiritual experience and of a religious language to the therapeutic process is explored. The work of the therapist and of Jesus (in this particular quotation) are compared. The idea of the incarnation of God in patient, therapist and in the relationship between them is linked to a Jungian view of the psyche.

Speaker: Dorothy Hamilton, AGIP

Paper: Spirituality and the Aesthetic Dimension in Psychoanalysis

'In this paper I explore the human capacity to appreciate and respond to beauty as one possible link between spirituality and psychotherapy. Starting with Donald Meltzer's understanding of early emotional experience as aesthetically based, I consider also Kenneth Wright's ideas about the role of sight and seeing in the dawn of consciousness and self-consciousness. In asking how these psychological concepts may be related to spiritual experience, I turn to the work of the theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, who has studied the aesthetic in religious experience. Clinical material from the consulting room will be used to illustrate these ideas.'

Professional development, events, training « Conference: Spirituality in the consulting room