Psychotherapy and Religious Experience

Integrating Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Christian Religious Experience
  • Bede J. Healey


In some respects, consideration of the integration of psychotherapy and religious experience has come full circle. In the earliest societies, the responsibility for all types of healing resided with the religious leaders of the community (Pattison, 1990). There was a gradual separation of religious and psychological issues, and, for a while there was considerable antipathy between the two groups. It is only in the past few decades that there has been a rapprochement, with an increasing interest in the ways in which religious experience and psychotherapy interact. The antipathy was perhaps nowhere more apparent than in psychoanalytic circles; interestingly enough, it is in this area that some of the most exciting work is being done to integrate these areas.


Religious Experience Pastoral Care Communal Dimension Religious Issue Cultural Symbol 
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  • Bede J. Healey
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  1. 1.The Menninger ClinicTopekaUSA

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