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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rising from the Ashes: Improving Cancer Outcomes with Cancer-Informed Psychotherapy (CIP)
by Winer, Lowell, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 74; 27961669
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
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
Publication Number: 27961669
ISBN: 9798641004785
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