This thesis explores the potential impact of psychodynamic psychotherapy on cancer
outcomes. Cancer has long been connected to emotional factors including depression, difficulty with emotional expression, and recent loss. Based on the author’s belief that emotional factors played an important role in his struggle with lymphoma and unlikely survival, he applied hermeneutic and heuristic methodologies to explore emotional factors that contribute to cancer and how psychological interventions can improve diseases outcomes. The author presents his model of cancer-informed psychotherapy (CIP), which includes elements of depth psychological and psychoanalytic approaches to psychotherapy and places special focus on connection to one’s inner healer, somatic integration, and the rekindling of life force. Mindfulness meditation, anchored in a group practice, is also recommended as a complementary approach to inner commune. The researcher proposes that CIP can be a valuable adjunct to cancer treatment and can positively impact the length and quality of survival.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, Mental health, Oncology|
|Keywords:||Cancer Depth Psychology, Cancer Personality, Cancer Psychodynamic, Cancer Psychosomatics, Cancer Psychotherapy, Cancer-Informed Psychotherapy|
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