Counseling and Psychotherapy of Religious Clients: A by Vicky Genia

By Vicky Genia

This is a source for assisting expert caregivers reply sensitively and accurately to people who current non secular issues in counseling and psychotherapy. the necessity for a consultant to mental remedy is underscored through facts that almost all of usa citizens carry powerful non secular convictions. Genia indicates how, despite specific spiritual allegiances, a person's religion ordinarily progresses via 5 precise levels over the process an entire life. mental conflicts can cause developmental aberrations that bring about dangerous and harmful different types of religion. The publication presents mental profiles of adults who typify each one level and exhibits how religious and mental difficulties are inextricably intertwined.

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In particular, they must guard against equating sexual value differences with sexual inhibition. The decision to wait until marriage before engaging in sexual intercourse is not necessarily indicative of sexual repression. Satisfying sex in marriage depends on healthy sexual attitudes, not the number of premarital sexual experiences. If, after his emotional conflicts have been reasonably worked through, a client makes a conscious choice to defer sexual gratification for religious reasons, the therapist must respect this decision and resist the temptation to liberalize the client.

They act morally because they appreciate that others are entitled to the same rights and privileges as themselves. Unlike those in earlier stages who consider the needs of others out of self-interest, individuals in stage three can imaginatively walk in another's shoes and experience true compassion and mature concern. Notwithstanding that people in the transitional phase of spiritual development have a more evolved standard of ethics than those in earlier stages, their moral decisions are still strongly influenced by the opinions of others.

Becky, a former Baptist, was intent on converting to the Islamic faith. " Yet she was willing to either remain single or find a Moslem spouse so as not to violate the one Islamic belief that she found offensive. Becky's father was a Baptist minister. In contradistinction to the Christian fundamentalist belief in the wife's submission to the husband's authority, Becky's mother ruled the household. Her father tolerated his wife's mood swings and angry outbursts with passive resignation. By being the perfect child, a feat accomplished through strict obedience to religious prescriptions, Becky assuaged her mother's harsh disposition.

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