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Title: A practical pneumatology of counselling : understanding the therapeutic process through the lived experiences of Pentecostal & Charismatic counsellors
Author: French, Haley R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 5425
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis is concerned with how Pentecostal and Charismatic ('pentecostal') mental health counsellors experience the Holy Spirit in their therapeutic practice, and the manner in which those experiences shape their approach to counselling. Central to this is an exploration of the formative influence of pentecostal spirituality upon the therapeutic praxis of pentecostal clinicians. At the heart of pentecostal spirituality is a posture of openness and a profound receptivity to the continued work of the Holy Spirit in creation. This holds important implications for counselling, as the counselling endeavour is felt to be open to the ministry of the Spirit; not just propositionally, but experientially. The body of knowledge and literature regarding the distinctiveness of a pentecostal approach to counselling is small but growing. This study contributes to the existing discourse by seeking to understand the relationship between pentecostal spirituality and the professional work of the pentecostal counsellor from lived experience. To this end, the researcher utilised hermeneutic phenomenology within a practical theological framework. Ten self-identified, pentecostal professional mental health counsellors were purposively recruited from within the United States. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted, and the data was analysed through an adapted method based upon the approaches of selected phenomenological researchers. The key finding of this study is that participants tacitly practise a practical pneumatology of counselling, identified through their reliance upon, empowerment by, and perceived participation with the Holy Spirit. This pneumatology reveals a deep intertwining and mutual informing between participants' pentecostal spirituality and their therapeutic approach. It is suggested that this finding is significant not only for the advancement and further development of pentecostal self-understanding in and for the discipline of counselling, but for the larger discussion concerning the integration of religion and spirituality in counselling; particularly for understanding how the spiritual formation of a counsellor, from a specific tradition or movement within Christendom, can impact the counselling process and distinctly shape his or her practical care of counsellees.
Supervisor: Swinton, John Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Pentecostalism ; Counseling ; Holy Spirit ; Hermeneutics