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Religion and Spirituality in Psychotherapy

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Religion and Spirituality in Psychotherapy

SKU# 9780826103857

An Individual Psychology Perspective

Author: Thor Johansen Psy.D


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This book offers new possibilities for mental health professionals who are looking for ways to adapt traditional therapy and counseling techniques to address the spiritual and psychological issues their clients face. The author utilizes an Adlerian Individual Psychology perspective, which rejects biological determinism and focuses on the influence of powerful environmental factors on personality.

This book provides specific methods and guidelines for applying Individual Psychology concepts to clients of each of the world's major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. The author offers a wealth of insight into the customs, theories, and philosophies of each religion. With this knowledge, mental health professionals can use Individual Psychology methods and techniques to better understand and assist clients.

Key Features

  • Discusses how Individual Psychology can be integrated with Christian spirituality
  • Examines the relational and social theories of Judaism as compared to Adler's theories of social interest
  • Compares Adler's theories with the ethical, spiritual, and social systems of Islam
  • Reviews the doctrines of Hinduism, including the belief in karma and reincarnation, the goals of life, and the paths to God
  • Presents case examples to illustrate how psychological and spiritual problems may be approached using Adlerian psychotherapy

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 07, 2009
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826103857
  • EISBN 9780826103864

About The Author(s) 

Thor Johansen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University and his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. Dr. Johansen provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient clinical settings, inpatient psychiatric settings, and college counseling centers. He specializes in working with children and adolescents suffering with depression, anger problems, and trauma. He is particularly interested in anxiety and stress and often uses hypnosis as part of his treatment of these conditions. In addition to providing psychotherapy, Dr. Johansen conducts psychological testing for children and teens. Dr. Johansen has published numerous professional articles on topics such as misbehavior in children, psychotherapy, hypnosis, and religion. This is his first book.

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1 Religion and Clinical Psychology: Recent Developments
Chapter 2 Alfred Adler and the Principles of Individual Psychology
Chapter 3 Adlerian Psychotherapy and the Religious Person
Chapter 4 Theories of Adler and the Christian Faith
Chapter 5 Adlerian Contributions to Pastoral Counseling
Chapter 6 Individual Psychology and Judaism: Common Themes
Chapter 7 Theories of Adler and the Islamic Faith
Chapter 8 Adler and the Paths to God: Hindu Philosophy and Individual Psychology
Chapter 9 Adler and the "truth" of Human Existence: A Comparison of Buddhism and Individual Psychology
Chapter 10 Conclusions and Future Directions