Conceptualizing Therapy as a Spiritual Discipline

Psychological literature is in the beginning stages of reflecting the Church's shift toward spiritual formation, incorporating theory and research regarding how spiritual disciplines might be relevant to the practice of therapy. This work may be expanded by viewing therapy itself as a spiritual...

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Published in:Journal of psychology and christianity
Main Author: White, Kristen M.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2020]
In:Journal of psychology and christianity
Year: 2020, Volume: 39, Issue: 2, Pages: 91-103
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Psychotherapy / Spiritual exercise / Spirituality / Discipline
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Summary:Psychological literature is in the beginning stages of reflecting the Church's shift toward spiritual formation, incorporating theory and research regarding how spiritual disciplines might be relevant to the practice of therapy. This work may be expanded by viewing therapy itself as a spiritual discipline, particularly for the client. This article makes this connection by clearly defining spiritual disciplines and highlighting how therapy is or can be made congruent with them. It further discusses how therapy may be a very useful spiritual discipline within the Church today. Lastly, this article discusses the implications for viewing therapy as a spiritual discipline for therapists, clients, pastors, and research.
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of psychology and christianity