The use of metaphor in pastoral psychotherapy: a qualitative study of five pastoral counselors
David J Ohrt
This study involved a structured interview of five pastoral counselors in the Chicago area to discover how metaphor was used in their practice of pastoral counseling. The study was of exploratory and descriptive nature. The data was compared and important themes noted. The results of the interview were viewed through the lenses of Object Relations Development Psychology, Metaphorical Theology as developed by Sallie McFague, and the work in linguistics of Lakoff and Johnson. The study found that paying attention to client metaphors enhanced empathy, helped to ground the client, facilitated creativity, cultivated depth, and aided in the transformation of world-view and view of God.
Degree Granting Institution
Lallene J Rector
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