Healing Ministry is based on our experiences of using Viktor E. Frankl's Logotherapy during the past twenty years. It is based upon selected articles we wrote while working as Psychiatrist (Edward Marshall), Psychologist (Maria Marshall), Clinical Counselor and Psychotherapist (Maria and Edward Marshall).
The first article "Healing through Meaning" was written by Maria Marshall in 1994. It was submitted in preparation for the Tenth World Congress on Logotherapy, which was held in July, 1995. The paper was presented in an abbreviated format. This was the first International Conference on Logotherapy that Maria attended. The Tenth World Congress allowed her to meet and to study with other distinguished logotherapists, such as Dr. Elisabeth Lukas.
The second article, "Seeds of Reconciliation in Logotherapy," was written in 2000. It was submitted for presentation at an International Conference on Logotherapy, which was scheduled for the year 2001, in Rome, Italy. Unfortunately, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in September 11, 2001, the conference was cancelled. The paper has been recently re-constructed with help from Edward Marshall, and appears in this text. A shorter version of it has been submitted as an article for publication in the International Forum for Logotherapy (IFL).
The third article "Logotherapeutic Principles in Marriage Therapy" was written in the same year, 2000, and was presented at the International Conference of Transcultural Psychiatry in Andorra, in 2001. The photo on our cover page was taken in Andorra. It is entitled "The Dancing Couple" and is the most photographed statue and symbol of the Principality of Andorra. --Shortly after the conference in Andorra, Maria Marshall and Edward Marshall met. Edward Marshall, at the time was working in the United Kingdom as Psychiatrist.
"Families and the Search for Meaning" is a recent writing (2012), and it is based on our past ten years of marriage and family life together. Raising our children is helping us to appreciate the challenges of balancing work life and home life, and creating a safe and nurturing environment for our children, where they feel protected, and valued. Our aim is to aid other families who encounter similar challenges.
The fifth article "The Role of Logotherapy-Education in the Treatment of Personality Disorders" is based on Edward Marshall's work as Psychiatrist, and Psychotherapist. During his many years of experience of treating people with Personality Disorders, Edward Marshall came to appreciate and to integrate the principles of Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy into his everyday practice. It was recently submitted for presentation at the upcoming Fourteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, in Dallas, Texas, in June, 2013.
The sixth article "Logotherapy and the Physical Health of People Suffering with Mentally Ill Patients" was written by Edward Marshall in 2005, on the occasion of Viktor E. Frankl's one hundredth birthday anniversary. It is based on his experiences of working as Family Physician (in Spain), and Psychiatrist in the United Kingdom.
The seventh, and last article, "From Emotional Suffering to Triumph: Building Courage Through 'The Rainbow Exercise,'" is a recent article by Maria Marshall (2013), submitted for publication in the IFL. Its purpose is to inspire courage and hope for clients and therapists, and draws on her self-experience of parent, and therapist.
About the Authors:
Maria Marshall, Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada, began her studies in psychology at the University of Budapest, Hungary. She moved to Canada and completed her Bachelor's Degree with first class honours in psychology in Calgary, Alberta. She continued her studies at Hardin-Simmons University, Texas, where she completed her Master's Degree in Counselling and Human Development. She returned to Canada where she earned her PhD Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Subsequently, she trained with Elisabeth Lukas, a former student of Viktor Frankl in Vienna, Austria. She worked as a counselling psychologist in Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. She taught psychology at the University of Portsmouth, England.
Her research interests are evidence based meaning-centered interventions and their applications in clinical practice and everyday living. She is author of several books and peer review articles.
She offers courses on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
Edward Marshall, Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada, worked as a family doctor and completed a PhD in Neurosciences in Spain.
Subsequently, he studied psychotherapy within a Clinical Psychiatry program at the University of Leeds in England. He worked in hospitals and community mental health centers. He trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and humanistic-existential psychotherapy.
Since he moved to Canada, he worked as psychotherapist and offered courses on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy. In addition, he provides executive coaching services.
His research interests are studying models of the freedom of will and consent in relationships. He is author of several books and peer review articles.
Edward is Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. He offers bilingual courses on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis and Existential Coaching.