Baptism and Eucharist as a Model for Embodied Ritual in Restoration Therapy
Restoration Therapy (RT) is a relatively new model of therapy, which employs experiential and embodied techniques to regulate primary emotions (i.e., sense of identity and safety). Researchers suggest that ritual can help transform identity and regulate affect in concrete and embodied ways. However, there is limited research on the use of Christian rituals in therapy. The purpose of this study was to examine Baptism and Eucharist as models for embodied ritual in RT. The investigator designed an explanatory case study with one individual client (religious) and one couple (non-religious) participating. The investigator implemented embodied rituals modeled after Baptism and Eucharist within the third and fourth phase of RT and integrated them into RT’s existing emotional regulation techniques (i.e., the four steps). In this study, the investigator implemented embodied rituals using body sculpting, water/cleansing symbolism, and ingestion symbolism. Implications and potential clinical applications are discussed.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Psychotherapy, Baptism, Lord's Supper, Ritual