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April 7, 1999

PsychotherapyThe Soul of Psychotherapy: Recapturing the Spiritual Dimension in the Therapeutic Encounter

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(13):1233-1234. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1233-JBK0407-2-1

Trained as a licensed clinical social worker who practices in Tennessee, Mr Cornett advises the reader that his own interest in spiritual matters in therapy arose initially from his flight from an unhappy adolescence into religion: "The possibility that there might be a world beyond this one—a world that offered not only surcease of pain but even pleasure—was overwhelmingly attractive." When his homosexual orientation denied him access in later years to the ministry, however, he tried to take it in stride by embarking on a course of personal psychotherapy. During therapy with two different practitioners, the author found, "Christianity would not go away. It was a continual, albeit unwelcome companion, along with the conviction that all that was eventually in store for me was hell."

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