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Expansion of Consciousness and the Reinterpretation of Healing in Psychotherapy  Ewelina Kotowska (Farmingdale, NY )   P1

There are specific guidelines utilized to identify the best research-supported treatment for a disorder; a recommended treatment that fits a one-size-fits-all model. The emphasis on scientifically supported treatment creates a false dichotomy between science and spirituality and through sustaining such a polarization one not only pits the rational mind against the non-rational mind, but also, constricts and constrains the experience of human consciousness. The aim of this paper is to expand one's thinking by showcasing how the field of psychology is disregarding, if not neglecting, aspects of the role that the non-rational mind plays in psychotherapy. There is a need to explore the limitations of prevailing psychological approaches, western modalities, and constructs; through the use of interdisciplinary research, clinicians are better equipped to reflect and reach a much broader population. The goal of the psychologist is to serve all people; and in doing so conceptualizations must be expanded to include wider populations. In this paper, I argue for the expansion and use of a broader evidence base as it pertains to healing within the context of psychotherapy. This will include an expansion of awareness whereby the non-rational mind and noetic experiences will be explored within the context of psychotherapy. In so doing, the gap between early psychological thinkers whose work seamed the border between philosophy and psychology will be bridged. Without the integration of approaches, psychologists end up losing valuable evidence on how to expand the horizons of their perspectives within the context of healing and psychotherapy.