International Case Studies in Mental Health presents a variety of global cases from both developed and developing countries, detailing descriptions of the people who are seeking help to eliminate their distress and of the exceptional practitioners who provide the help. In most of the cases, the practitioner is someone who shares a similar heritage with her or his help seeker, and who is influenced at least partly by Western psychotherapy traditions. Each chapter also is a showcase of how scholars pair up with mental health practitioners to create a work that weaves together contextual and individual qualities to inform an understanding of the help-seeker and the intervention.

This book aims to help prepare both mental health trainees and practicing professionals to be effective in the provision of healing in their work with people in different regions of the world. Consequently, the authors hope to offer practitioners a glimpse of what can be achieved in these regions by people whose reputations within the respective communities are strong.

Chapter 8: Mayan Cosmovision and Integrative Counseling: A Case Study from Guatemala

Mayan Cosmovision and Integrative Counseling: A Case Study from Guatemala

Mayan cosmovision and integrative counseling: A case study from Guatemala
Andrés J.Consoli
Maríade los Ángeles Hernández Tzaquitzal

Introduction of the Authors

Andrés Consoli was born and raised in Argentina, where he earned a licenciatura degree in clinical psychology and began his practice as a mental health professional. He moved to the United States in 1987 where he practiced as a residential counselor in a group home for autistic adults, served as a personal attendant to people with physical disabilities, worked as a bilingual counselor in a family services agency, and eventually obtained a master's degree and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1994. He completed a research and clinical postdoctoral fellowship ...

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