Voices from Lamentations in the intersubjective matrix of the pastoral psychotherapeutic process: a case study
Susan MacDonald Roddey
The purpose of this case study is to explore the development of a fluid methodology for the use of biblical narrative within the intersubjective context of the pastoral psychotherapeutic relationship. Qualitative research methods are used to analyze transcripts of seven sessions of therapy, in between which both the therapist and client mutually engage in reading Lamentations. The results suggest that for this particular client the methodology used within the therapy facilitated an integrative reorientation in her relationship with God, herself, and others, and the development of a transformed language of faith that was real and true to her experience.