Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Inviting Cultural Fluency in Psychotherapy: Healing With the Archetypal Energies of Saraswati and Lakshmi
by Paffhouse, Laurel A., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 66; 13806512
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the psychotherapeutic value of working with the archetypal energies of two goddesses from the Hindu pantheon, Saraswati and Lakshmi. Considering that the field of psychotherapy stands on a Eurocentric tradition and that there is a concomitant need for therapists to be culturally sensitive and inclusive, this is significant and worthy of inquiry. This thesis asks what benefit working with Saraswati and Lakshmi would have for clients, as well as what their inclusion would mean for the field of psychotherapy as a whole. A qualitative approach is married with both hermeneutic and heuristic methodology in order to plumb the possibility that constellating Saraswati facilitates the cultivation of a discerning observing ego, whereas invoking Lakshmi supports the scaffolding of a robust sense of self-esteem.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: de la O, Jorge
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Archetypes, Lakshmi, Liberatory psychology, Observing ego, Saraswati, Self-esteem
Publication Number: 13806512
ISBN: 9781392046265
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