Theology and Therapy

This project investigates the relationship between Christianity, Psychotherapy and Spirituality in Scotland in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Funded by the AHRC, this project is notable for its interdisciplinary collaboration: the team's expertise covers a wide variety of subject areas, including philosophical theology, religious studies, human geography, and the history of psychotherapy. The research team consists of Prof David Fergusson, Prof Liz Bondi, Dr Steven Sutcliffe and Dr Gavin Miller, who are investigating the relationship between Christianity, Psychotherapy and Spirituality in Scotland in the latter half of the twentieth century. The initial part of the project has finished, and the research team is currently involved in a follow-on knowledge exchange project.

The "Theology and Therapy" project is informed by Dr Miller's earlier Leverhulme Trust funded research on Scottish psychoanalysis: this earlier work showed how local theological traditions produced a distinctive Scottish psychoanalytic theory in which interpersonal "communion" was a central concept.

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