Spirituality within a Therapeutic context: A comparative study

Jeff Leonardi; Bettina Schmidt

1University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED; J.Leonardi@uwtsd.ac.uk

2 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED; b.schmidt@uwtsd.ac.uk

5th May 2017

Abstract 

This research project is a collaborative project between Jeff Leonardi, Honorary Research Fellow at UWTSD, and Bettina Schmidt, the director of the Religious Experience Research Centre in Lampeter. Leonardi’s section (the Relational Spirituality Project) focuses on the part played by spirituality in counselling and psychotherapy. The inquiry operates at two levels: spirituality as a dimension of the therapeutic relationship, and spirituality as a part of the content of therapeutic discourse. So far Leonardi has conducted two group sessions with counselling trainees and four extended interviews with experienced counsellors. The other section (the Place of Spirituality in Therapy) examines the situation in Brazil. Loosely based on Leonardi’s questionnaire and in collaboration with Dr Everton Maraldi, from the Institute of Psychology at the University of São Paulo, an online survey was set up (in Portuguese) and then circulated to various mailing lists for psychologists and other professionals working in the sector in Brazil. So far we collected over 100 replies which will be analysed with the help of Maria Cristina M. de Barros, research student at the Institute of Psychiatry at University of São Paulo.