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What kind of therapy is christian psychology?

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Dr. Kevin Nasky
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Therapy + Christian

Christian therapists are not a homogenous group in terms of psychoanalytical orientation and technique.
Someone who advertises their services as a "christian" therapist is usually a therapist (of any psychoanalytical persuasion) who integrates christianity-based spiritual counseling into their psychotherapeutic work.

In brief: Therapy + Christian

Christian therapists are not a homogenous group in terms of psychoanalytical orientation and technique.
Someone who advertises their services as a "christian" therapist is usually a therapist (of any psychoanalytical persuasion) who integrates christianity-based spiritual counseling into their psychotherapeutic work.
Dr. Kevin Nasky
Dr. Kevin Nasky
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Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Point of view

Competent therapists counsel from one or more orientations offering therapy a direction rather than moving along aimlessly.
These are most often based in theoretical/philosophical principles developed and "proven" over time. While interventions may be similar regardless of orientation, the interpretation may be different. Christian counseling interprets outcomes from a Christian worldview.

In brief: Point of view

Competent therapists counsel from one or more orientations offering therapy a direction rather than moving along aimlessly.
These are most often based in theoretical/philosophical principles developed and "proven" over time. While interventions may be similar regardless of orientation, the interpretation may be different. Christian counseling interprets outcomes from a Christian worldview.
Dr. Jerry Smith
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Dr. Bob Stewart
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: "Christian" is a

Religion. Psychology is a scientific discipline.
Being a "christian" therapist adds nothing to the therapist's skill or training. It just implies a philosophical bias within which the therapist may operate. Competent, ethical therapists can work effectively with people from various religious backgrounds. Psychologist ethics require avoiding bias and being open about limits of competence.

In brief: "Christian" is a

Religion. Psychology is a scientific discipline.
Being a "christian" therapist adds nothing to the therapist's skill or training. It just implies a philosophical bias within which the therapist may operate. Competent, ethical therapists can work effectively with people from various religious backgrounds. Psychologist ethics require avoiding bias and being open about limits of competence.
Dr. Bob Stewart
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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Christian therapy is psychotherapy based on the therapists interpretation of christian principles.
Obviously, the therapy is different depending on the therapists belief system.

In brief: Depends

Christian therapy is psychotherapy based on the therapists interpretation of christian principles.
Obviously, the therapy is different depending on the therapists belief system.
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: I Thess 5:21

Christian counselors are a mixed bunch.
If someone counsels you to put the past behind you, teaches you how to keep bitterness, gloom, and "the spirit of fear" from your mind and heart, and walk in love, then you have found a pearl of great price. If you are urged to hate anyone, or to put your hand to the plow and look back, you have a wolf in sheep's clothing -- get away.

In brief: I Thess 5:21

Christian counselors are a mixed bunch.
If someone counsels you to put the past behind you, teaches you how to keep bitterness, gloom, and "the spirit of fear" from your mind and heart, and walk in love, then you have found a pearl of great price. If you are urged to hate anyone, or to put your hand to the plow and look back, you have a wolf in sheep's clothing -- get away.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Pastoral counseling

This is a type of pastoral counseling that has its roots in Christian theology, where healing is helped predominantly by spirituality.

In brief: Pastoral counseling

This is a type of pastoral counseling that has its roots in Christian theology, where healing is helped predominantly by spirituality.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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