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Integrating Spirituality into Psychotherapy in Contemporary America
Andrea F. Polard, PsyD
Before the twentieth century, ailments of the psyche focused on “healing the soul.” Contemporary psychotherapy emphasizes symptom reduction and management, conflict resolution, skills development, and personal improvement. This evolution reflects the increasingly materialistic, stress- ridden world in which we live. Unlike clients, therapists tend to exclude considerations of spirituality from the multiplicity of theories and practices they bring to the challenges of our time.
In this presentation, Dr. Andrea Polard will address the importance of integrating spirituality into psychotherapy. She will attend to the apprehension many therapists harbor regarding this subject. Guidelines for exploring spirituality with the client will be illustrated. These will include western and eastern interventions that target the whole of human experience including negative symptoms, subjective well-being, and the meaning of one's life.
About Andrea F. Polard, PsyD
Andrea F. Polard, PsyD is the founder of the Los Angeles Center for Zen Psychology, Zen Psychology, and Zen Psychology Therapy (ZPT). Her book, A Unified Theory of Happiness is a resource book, especially for psychotherapists. She blogs for Psychology Today and lectures about spirituality and her integrative approach worldwide.
For more information, contact Darlene Basch or Randi Gottlieb.