is Buddhist Psychotherapy?
is a contemporary western descriptor of a range of Buddhist influenced
psychotherapy practices that Buddhist psychiatrists, psychologists and
psychotherapists have developed out of their meeting with Buddhism and
their particular mental health field. Buddhist psychotherapy is based
on the Buddhist model of the cause of mental suffering (the noble fourfold
truths) and the notions of attachment, permanence and clinging to notions
of self as the
Buddhist psychotherapists use a range of Buddhist inspired practices to alleviate mental suffering these include insight and mindfulness meditation practices, as well as practices in compassion and loving-kindness meditation. There is a strong commitment to empowering the client to become aware of processes that create mental suffering and those activities and processes which alleviate mental suffering.
Patricia Sherwood Phd, Grad Diploma (Special Education,) B.A. (UWA),
Grad Diploma Arts, (counselling), PACAWA, SCAPE, PACFA, Advanced Diploma
in Holistic Counselling (philophonetics)
Dr Sherwood has trained counsellors for community, private and government organisations for over a decade. She has extensive experience in tertiary education having lectured for 25 years in Universities in the areas of psychology, counselling, social sciences, cultural studies, youthwork and the human services. She has received several university awards for excellence in teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates.
Dr Sherwood publishes
in the counselling field and her particular areas of research interest
are counselling training, client experience and working with survivors
of abuse. She has conducted her own clinical practice in psychotherapy
for the past ten years. She is co-founder of Sophia
College of Counselling Bunbury,
Western Australia and teaches the modules in holistic counselling, counselling
psychology, clay therapy and Buddhist psychotherapy.