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Posted: 2013 January 03 at 2:08pm | IP Logged Quote rustic


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I am looking for a Psychologist who has no personal religious belief and therefore has other ways of dealing with anxiety - in terms of ageing, death etc.

I am 62 and male and live a fortunate life in pretoria area.

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Posted: 2013 January 05 at 10:07am | IP Logged Quote Annalie Pistori

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Dear Rustic, most therapy approaches with clients that deal with aging and death focus on their emotional, physical and behavioural reactions, and may also address cognitive challenges, eg 'how is my universe altering'. Its up to the client however if they wish to explore their spiritual, religious and/or philosophical beliefs. Newer approaches focus on the client's positive development and resliience. I have experience working with clients in relation to their health status and death using a post-modern approach based on the client's emotional development and positive life performance. If you want to see me for therapy, I have a practice in Arcadia, Pretoria (contact me at agpistorius@lantic.net). Regards. Annalie 
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Posted: 2013 January 05 at 11:31am | IP Logged Quote DavidvdW

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Posted: 2013 January 09 at 5:29pm | IP Logged Quote David L Wilson
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As a psychologist I practice using methodological atheism as general approach as imposing personal views on patients seems totally unethical. If death is oblivion and annihilation why worry? Its an after- life that would scare me? Freud believed very strongly that religion, as he saw it, was defence against our utter insignificance and the projection of father figure into a Heavenly father is in its crude forms so clearly using concept of divine in service of our own egos rather than serving either the divine or any beings, to cope with narcissistic blow that our mortality brings.

Surely in most senses striving to act in accord with core ethical ideals or principles essential for a meaningful life- totally independent of existence of spiritual or not? I think for example, of mercy and truthfulness- To my mind its rather irrelevant whether a god exists or not. I think what we strive to do is more fundamental than speculations about a divine being. Social constructivism shows us how beliefs change in historical time and even during our lives if we are open to changes as result of life experience. Western empirical sciences inform us of new fragments of knowledge through our minds and senses, severely limited by space-time and the limited brange of phenomena we can perceive.

For some Some aspects of Buddhism appeal as it provides spiritual practices whilst explicitly denying existence of a god, seen as a creation of the mind.   Religion certainly can be opiate dulling real suffering of loss we encounter as our bodies collapse and slow down and we experience our vulnerability and deoendency almost like babies again. It can be hell or sweet release, depending on our preparation for surrender and capacity to integrate loss to enrich the present moment. Regards David Wilson

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