Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Integrative psychotherapy: Somatic, transpersonal, and Western psychology in the practice of psychotherapy
by Tzarfaty, Keren, Psy.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2015, 198; 3726291
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines the manifestations of the integration of somatic, transpersonal, and Western psychology in the context of actual psychotherapeutic process. Two main research questions were explored: “What are the characteristics of the integration of somatic, transpersonal, and Western psychotherapeutic processes?” and “Do the lived experiences of the participating therapists reveal an overarching theory that may describe the integration of somatic, transpersonal and Western psychology in the context of the process of psychotherapy?”. Data was collected from interviews with 8 licensed psychotherapists trained in somatic and transpersonal work who integrate these areas of expertise in their clinical work. The data was analyzed using a grounded theory (Charmaz, 2006) method, guided by principles of integral inquiry (Braud, 1998). The integration of these frameworks allowed the data to include applications of different research designs as well as participants’ alternative ways of knowing. This study resulted in a model that describes a possible integration of somatic, transpersonal, and Western psychotherapeutic processes as well as the characteristics of that integration. The model is based on four coexisting components. The first component describes two ways in which integration was identified: a mindful awareness of the multidimensional nature of inner experience, and therapeutic exploration of content relating to somatic, transpersonal, and Western psychologies. The second describes the therapist's personal and professional psycho–spiritual–somatic journey, as well as the attitude she holds toward the client. The third describes the process that allows integration to occur, and the fourth describes the outcomes of this work. These four components expand and deepen the existing literature on somatic, transpersonal, and Western psychotherapies, and are the foundation for a suggested working model concerning the actual practice of integrative psychotherapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whitfield, Carol
Commitee: Mikulincer, Mario, Phelps, Janis
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: East-West Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Body-centered, Integral, Mindfulness, Somatic, Spirituality, Transpersonal
Publication Number: 3726291
ISBN: 9781339109633
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