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Milena Nardini Bubols

Clinical management of spiritual experiences: integrating spirituality into the clinical practice of health professionals

At this current moment, there is already clear scientific evidence about the importance of the spiritual dimension for individual and collective mental health. However, there is also a need to build new perspectives and models of working with spiritual transformative experiences, as they are incredibly prevalent within the general Brazilian population, across all strata of society. To achieve this aim, we have recently designed a creative group-working online program for psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, medical doctors, nurses and health professionals in general, to work out cultural sensitive techniques for dealing with spiritual/anomalous experiences. During 2 hours of sharing experiences, sensations, insights and challenges, we’ve created a peer support space that can facilitate the recognition of personal resources and good coping strategies suitable for working with the transpersonal realm, which can therefore qualify their clinical work at health care in Brazil.



In my life I have experienced several spiritual experiences and I have been following many others in my patients. When I was graduate as psychologist, I decided to take training courses on transpersonal psychology, regressive therapy, and last year I finished my PhD in clinical psychology, whose subject was the clinical management of spirituality in psychotherapy. In 2019, after going to the Eurotas Conference in France, I was inspired to start a transpersonal psychology institute in the south of Brazil: “Unitatis – Psychology Institute and Multidisciplinary Health”, in Porto Alegre. At Unitatis, I work as a psychotherapist, teacher and supervisor of professionals and students of psychology course. In addition, I am married, mother of Eduarda, I love to read, write, practice sports, handcrafts and yoga.