Psychotherapy: Healing the Soul. Wisdom of the Holy Fathers.

13 Jan 2021 12:18 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

Psychotherapy: Healing the Soul. Wisdom of the Holy Fathers.
Presented by Dr. Donna Dobrowolskey MD. 
Friday, April 23rd, 2:45pm CST. 


The term psychotherapy is derived from the Greek psyche meaning “soul,” and therapeia, meaning “healing”. For the ancient Fathers, the human person and psychological functions are intimately connected with an understanding of salvation as healing: a return to humanity’s original creation in the image and likeness of God.

3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation. 

1. Participants will be able to deepen their integrative view of the person from the lens of Patristic anthropology.

2. Participants will recognize how the profound insights offered by the Desert Fathers and Mothers can be integrated into the human condition and its potential for transformation.

3. Participants will have a better appreciation of how Patristic teachings and practices can be integrated with contemporary psychotherapeutic approaches to address the challenges of the new century.

Dr. Donna Dobrowolsky is a psychiatrist who earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1989, where she also completed her Psychiatry Residency in 1993. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Dobrowolsky maintains an active adult psychiatric practice in the Chicago area. She treats psychiatric disorders, including those that intersect medicine, neurology and psychiatry. She provides psychiatric care for seminarians, clergy and religious. A Byzantine-rite Catholic, Dr. Dobrowolsky embraces a sacramental, liturgical world-view, valuing the inter-relationship between medicine, psychology and religion toward personal healing.

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