LIFTING THE BURDEN OF MENTAL ILLNESS

The Role of religion in public and private life is being hotly debated in many sectors of US society. This little book by Nancy Kehoe, a nun who is also a clinical psychologist, explores the importance of religion to successful treatment of mentally ill patients.

In the 1980s, many therapists never explored the religious life of their patients, even if it played a significant role in their lives. Kehoe noticed this absence while she was working in one of Harvard Medical School's teaching hospitals. Later, after more than two decades in private practice, she was asked to mediate between a patient, who was Lutheran, and his therapist, who was Jewish. The patient felt the therapist needed to become a Christian in order to help him, and they had reached an impasse. Patiently leading the client to understand that respect for each other's religious beliefs was a viable alternative, Kehoe showed them that they could work together.

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