Cultivating soulfulness in psychotherapy.

This reflection highlights the importance of reclaiming a focus on the soul in my practice of existential-based, spiritually oriented psychotherapy. My clinical experience and long-standing meditation practice guided the process of synthesizing concepts and theories regarding the role of the soul in psychotherapy. A primary goal is to illuminate how the cultivation of a soulful internal space within the therapist can enhance the therapeutic encounter. Morgan’s (2016) conceptualization of an inner holding environment (2016) provides a springboard from which to develop 3 images of the internal space that can be fostered within therapists who maintain soul-nurturing disciplines: a space of hospitality and compassion, a dwelling place for wisdom, and a wellspring of serenity. Hopefully, future qualitative and quantitative studies can examine the therapeutic factors identified in this reflection. A renewed focus on the soul can highlight its integral role in spiritually oriented psychotherapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)