Psychotherapy as a healing process: Therapy Gifts from Heidegger and The
With increasing demands for
evidence-based practices, the use of pharmacology as the preferred treatment
for mental health issues, and the use of technology in offering therapy, is
there a role or a place for Heidegger’s philosophy and the Buddha’s teachings
(dhamma) in contemporary psychotherapy? The simple answer is yes.
In this workshop,
we will explore how the ideas of Being-in-the-world, Openness, Being-With,
anticipatory care, letting be and letting go, inter-relatedness,
cultivating a meditative attitude and a beginner’s mind, promoted in
Heidegger’s philosophy and the Buddha’s teachings can inform a therapist's approach to therapy, and ground one's Being as a therapist. We will also
explore some important parallels and differences between Heideggerian and
Buddhist ideas and practices and illustrate the integration of theory and practice in therapy.
These approaches provide therapists with important foundations for understanding their
roles as co-journeyers with their clients, and embracing this attitude in the
therapy room can make therapy truly a “healing” rather than a “curing”
process. The workshop will include experiential
practices for the participants and extensive discussion of clinical vignettes.