How to Integrate Spirituality in Psychotherapeutic Practice: Working with Spiritually Minded Clients enables mental health professionals to acquire the skills they need to diagnose and treat religious or spiritually minded clients. Research and practical experience show that religion and spirituality of clients can be very important in psychotherapy. Given the great diversity in the area of religion and spirituality, it is not easy to understand the complicated interconnections between the psychological complaints and the spirituality and/or religion of a client.

By providing an understanding of various types of spirituality, as well as theory, case histories, and clinical information using DSM diagnoses, this book will help therapists to design effective interventions. It takes account of the plurality in psychotherapeutic methods, as well as in spiritual/religious views, practices, and use of terms.

How to Integrate Spirituality in Psychotherapeutic Practice is directed to a readership of practitioners who have decided to integrate the religious/spiritual dimension into their practice. It primarily addresses psychotherapists and mental health counsellors practising in general mental health residential units and day-to-day consultation clinics, as well as religious therapists, pastoral psychotherapists, pastoral counsellors, and the clergy.

Introduction Part I: Elementary Skills and Insights 01. And There You Are… 02. Some Examples 03. Let’s Look at Ourselves... 04. Speaking is Silver, Listening is Gold! 05. Religious Countertransference and Metacountertransference 06. Spiritual Noise in Your Professional Ear? Part II: Identifying Religious and Spiritual Problems 07. Obtaining Relevant Information 08. Religion and Spirituality in the DSM 09. Religious Sense of Guilt 10. Near-Death Experiences and Mystical Experiences 11. Spiritual Crises 12. Recognising and Coping with Religious Experiences and Spiritual Crises Part III: A Structural Approach to Spirituality 13. How to Make Sense of Complex Issues 14. Spiritual Root Metaphors 15. When Spiritual Root Metaphors Are Disconnected 16. When Spiritual Root Metaphors Go Underground 17. Spiritual Flexibility Part IV: A Relational Approach to Spirituality 18. Spirituality as an Interpersonal Relationship 19. Three Aspects of Interpersonal and Spiritual Relationships 20. Existential Aspects of Spiritual Relationships 21. Cognitive Aspects of Spiritual Relationships 22. Relational Aspects of Spiritual Relationships 23. Manipulative Spiritual Relationships 24. Contractual Spiritual Relationships 25. Spiritual Relationships of Mutual Love or Fellowship 26. Concluding Documents