Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling and Psychotherapy critically examines ethnic minority cultural and traditional healing in relation to counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Roy Moodley and William West highlight the challenges and changes in the field of multicultural counseling and psychotherapy by integrating current issues of traditional healing with contemporary practice. The book uniquely presents a range of accounts of the dilemmas and issues facing students, professional counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, researchers, and others who use multicultural counseling or transcultural psychotherapy as part of their professional practice.

Psychotherapy as Ritual: Connecting the Concrete with the Symbolic

Psychotherapy as Ritual: Connecting the Concrete with the Symbolic

Psychotherapy as ritual: Connecting the concrete with the symbolic
MichaelAnderson

In this chapter, I will explore psychotherapy as a form of ritual that seeks to satisfy a social need, albeit in an ostensibly individualistic way. Although the content of a psychotherapeutic session is highly specific and unique to the people who constitute it, the form is standard and can be conceptualized in the same way as traditional ritual forms have been. This article is informed by my research (Anderson, 2002) that looked at the cultural role of psychotherapy.1

Counseling and psychotherapy have generally become taken-for-granted aspects of Western culture. When social artifacts become so seamlessly sutured to the rest of society it suggests that they have become such integral ...

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