The Spirit of Psychotherapy : Hidden Dimension

Author(s) : Jeremy Holmes

The Spirit of Psychotherapy : Hidden Dimension

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : July 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 160
  • Category :
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    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 97035
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494803
  • ISBN 10 : 9781913494
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While the prime focus of psychotherapy theory and practice is intrapersonal and interpersonal, these are nested in an often unexamined supra-personal sociological, ecological, and spiritual context. Based on in-depth interviews with people from a wide range of faith backgrounds, Jeremy Holmes highlights the role belief and spirituality play in everyday lives. He identifies core common themes of attachment and hope; frameworks of meaning; and the everyday praxis of rhythm and ritual. He also draws on classic literature, using Charlotte Brontë’s Jayne Eyre and Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The book concludes with a moving account of Holmes’ own practice as a psychotherapist.

The Spirit of Psychotherapy is a must-read for psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, and mental health professionals to understand the importance of faith within the largely secular world of psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

About the author

1. Questions, questions
2. Starting points: summary of the book’s main arguments
3. The difficulty of definitions
4. Psychotherapy’s location in contemporary culture
5. Spirituality as psychotherapy
6. Jane Eyre as psychotherapist: torn between principle and desire
7. Mentalizing and spirituality
8. Tolstoy and secular spirituality
9. Spiritualised psychotherapy
10. Coda and credo


About the Author(s)

Professor Jeremy Holmes, MD FRCPsych, was for twenty-five years an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in London and North Devon. Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter, he co-founded the Exeter masters, now doctoral, programme in psychoanalytic studies, and the psychodynamic professional qualification course. Author or co-author of over twenty books and 250 papers, he lectures nationally and internationally. Now largely retired, he maintains a part-time private psychotherapy practice alongside grandparenting, allotment gardening, and Green politics.

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