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ERIC Number: EJ784089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0828-3893
Suffering Loves and Needs Company: Buddhist and Daoist Perspectives on the Counsellor as Companion
Cohen, Avraham; Bai, Heesoon
Canadian Journal of Counselling, v42 n1 p45-56 2008
Mindful of living in a multicultural and cross-cultural society, this article introduces and presents Buddhist and Daoist philosophy, psychology, and practice along with the potential for their application in psychotherapy within the context of the theme of the psychotherapist or counsellor accompanying the suffering person. The theoretical grounding for this application is the understanding that the suffering person has an underlying need for ontological security. It is suggested that this is made possible by a twofold connection: intra-subjective connection to self through integration of emotions, thoughts, and psycho-physical states; and inter-subjective connection to others. A case is made in this article that the therapist's mindful and energetic presence is key to the development of this connection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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