Title

How Separable Are Spirituality and Theology in Psychotherapy?

Keywords

spirituality, psychotherapy, theology

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2001-4

Publisher

Counseling and Values

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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