How Separable Are Spirituality and Theology in Psychotherapy?
spirituality, psychotherapy, theology
The authors respond to D. A. Helminiak's (2001) article "Treating Spiritual Issues in Secular Psychotherapy/" They focus particularly on Helminiak's argument for secular spirituality (whether spirituality can be independent of theology/religion) and his inherent biases in discussing the nature and existence of spirituality. The authors argue that all spiritual conceptions have theological implications–and thus a theology, broadly defined–and that theology, in this sense, pervades the theory and practice of all psychotherapists, whether or not they are religious.
Original Publication Citation
Slife, B. D., & Richards, P. S. (2001). How separable are spirituality and theology in psychotherapy? Counseling and Values, 45, 190-206.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Slife, Brent D. and Richards, P. Scott, "How Separable Are Spirituality and Theology in Psychotherapy?" (2001). Faculty Publications. 3860.
Counseling and Values
David O. McKay School of Education
Counseling Psychology and Special Education
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