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How Does Psychotherapy Heal, Part III - Psyche, Soma and Spirit

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Psychological growth and spiritual development are mutually contingent on one another. This week, I would like to share with you a case that illustrates the interdependence of psyche, soma and spirit in the healing process. Sophia is a 70 year old member of a religious order. She and I have been meeting in twice a week psychotherapy for the past four years. Sophia decided to authorize the dissemination of her life story. She prays that doing so might illuminate the path of healing for others. During the show Dr. Deri will discuss: Psyche: Healing Early Trauma - How Sophia reached an experience of genuine compassion. Psyche and Soma - How therapy helped Sophia to maintain her physical and emotional homeostasis. Psyche and Spirit - Sophia felt abandoned by God, the Father. She underwent a protracted “dark night of the soul” (St. John of the cross). As she healed her psychological wounds, Sophia’s spiritual life, has blossomed.

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