Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell heads up the spirituality work of the Jesuit Institute South Africa and is a spiritual director and psychotherapist working with victims of trauma. In this interview with Pat Coyle, Annemarie discusses the interface between Christian spirituality and psychology in a place that is still severely affected by the apartheid era.
“We’re still really trying to come to terms as a society with much of what happened in the apartheid era,” says Annemarie. In her position, she focuses on how people come to a place of healing and reconciliation in these circumstances. While acknowledging the important role of psychology, she says, that spirituality can play an added role in the healing process in terms of making sense of what has happened. She tells of those who discover “the one who loves them unconditionally, who knows what they need at their deepest place of pain.”
Having grown up herself in a privileged position in South Africa, Annemarie only came later in life to understand that South Africa was a vasty different country for others living there. Here she begins talking with Pat about that journey and how she uses psychotherapy and spirituality to bring people to a place of peace.