Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Counseling -- Religious aspects; Psychotherapy;
Until the growth of science in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the treatment of the mind was inseparable from the treatment of the body and the spirit (Benner, 1989). Across all cultures and faiths, the individual was seen as a complex whole whose physical and emotional symptoms were considered a sign of an estrangement from a larger spiritual dimension. Shamans, priests, faith healers and witch doctors all called upon divine principals to aid in the healing of the person under their care whether the affliction be a broken arm or a broken heart. However, advancement in medicine quickly excised the mind from the body and spirit, while advancement in psychology, in the late eighteenth century, excised the spirit altogether (Butler, 1991; Meyer, 1988).
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
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©1991 Emily R. Askew
Askew, Emily R., "Psyche means soul: Understanding the role of spirituality in psychotherapy" (1991). Graduate Research Papers. 2018.