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    Psychotherapy And Religion

    Abstract

    Religion and psychotherapy have long maintained separate directions, currently manifested
    in four viewpoints: orthodox, atheistic, neutralist, and moderate. Although each therapeutic
    viewpoint is distinct, each contains the seed for rapprochement. This article explores the
    prospects for therapeutic integration between religion and contemporary psychotherapy.
    There is a growing trend to seek alternative, complementary and religious healing not only
    as a reaction to Western theoretical postulations but also to the mindset of ‘‘faith’’. Religious
    therapy aims to establish harmony and balance within the individual through the interface of
    the mind and spirit. Through this process religious healing offers a holistic conceptualization
    of wellness and wellbeing, both within the individual, and between the individual and his or
    her creator. It has been observed that, Increasing numbers of ministers now receive
    professional preparation for pastoral therapy. The need for a rapprochement that provides
    professional psychotherapy capable of addressing religious issues is clearly voiced by
    laypersons, who are clients or potential clients, and by members of the clergy and
    psychotherapeutic professions. This paper proposes that It is timely for those in the
    psychotherapy professions to consider seriously specialized education and certification in
    religious therapy for secular psychotherapists.

    Author:

    Francis Bala Aku Akwash

    akwash03@yahoo.com

     

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