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Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 89–97 | Cite as

Building Bridges: Teresa of Avila and self psychology

  • Rachel Julian
Article

Abstract

Utilizing concepts from self psychology, the author demonstrates the ways in which God functioned as a selfobject for Teresa of Avila. In addition, parallels are drawn between the spiritual journey as described by Teresa of Avila and the psychotherapeutic journey. Building bridges between the psychological and spiritual realms of experience can greatly increase our understanding of each, and enable us to help our clients become more integrated, whole persons.

Key words

self psychology spirituality religious experience psychotherapy 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel Julian
    • 1
  1. 1.United Methodist Pastoral Care and CounselingCarraway Methodist HospitalBirmingham

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