Psychotherapy and the Care of Souls

Psychotherapy and the Care of Souls

by Thomas Moore

Famed Care of the Soul author, Thomas Moore, offers insights into what makes a good therapist. Hint: You can't learn it from a manual.
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To Serve the Soul

In Greek mythology, the wise healer and teacher Cheiron is part horse and part human, a centaur of sorts, but quite different from his wild and hardly civilized half-horse/half-human brothers. He did his work of healing and teaching in a cave. As a therapist, I sometimes think of myself as part animal, sitting in my cave, dealing with primal aspects of human existence, barely able to distinguish healing from teaching.
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Thomas MooreThomas Moore, PhD is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. He lectures frequently in Ireland and has a special love of Irish culture. He has a PhD in religion from Syracuse University and has won several awards for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Lesley University and the Humanitarian Award from Einstein Medical School of Yeshiva University. Three of his books have won the prestigious Books for a Better Life awards. He writes fiction and music and often works with his wife, artist and yoga instructor, Hari Kirin. He writes regular columns for Resurgence, Spirituality & Health, and The Huffington Post and has recently published A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World, Writing in the Sand: The Spirituality of Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels, Care of the Soul in Medicine, and The Guru of Golf and Other Stories about the Game of Life. Much of his recent work has focused on the world of medicine, speaking to nurses and doctors about the soul and spirit of medical practice.
Truth is hard to find, and when we find it, words are not enough to explain it. Though this is probably as close as it gets!
Peter Salt
This article is a beautiful reminder of what's at the core of psychotherapy. However my clients often think in terms of "progress" so I have to also.
Evelyn Goodman
It is often hard to travel into the cavern and be ready to lead others out. This articke speaks to sitting with the person and being authentic.
Thomas Shaker
Truly wise words. I'm going to squirrel this away to re-read whenever I feel bitter, spent, or unequal to the boundless demands of being truly present for another human being.
Greg Arnold
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