Psychotherapy And Religion

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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

 

Description

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.

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