Spiritual Practices in psychological counseling : The Return To The Self

Authors

  • Daniela Dumulescu Lucian Blaga University
  • Constantin Valer Necula Lucian Blaga University
  • Diana Maria Sarca Babes-Bolyai University
  • George Willy Cristea Babes-Bolyai University

Keywords:

spirituality, psychotherapy, counseling, religion, meaning-making, death anxiety, trauma

Abstract

Integrating religion and spirituality in psychological counseling is a challenge for many practitioners in mental health. Nowadays, the interest in this topic has increased due to its great impact on adressing existential crisis. Thus, this study aims to explore the practical implication of religion and spirituality in the context of psychotherapy and the various forms of counseling. More specific, its argue the value of building effective intervention on scriptures and spiritual behaviors, specially when it comes to adressing difficult psychological topics as meaning in life, traumas or death anxiety. Reviewing the most recent empirical findings, we propose some general recommendations designed to help practitioners work with spiritual/religious clients, together with specific tools based on cognitive restructuring using sacred texts, enhancing healthy spiritual habits, exploring and living values and virtues.

Author Biographies

Daniela Dumulescu, Lucian Blaga University

Lucian Blaga University, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sibiu, Romania

Constantin Valer Necula, Lucian Blaga University

Lucian Blaga University, Faculty of Theology St. Andrei Șaguna, Sibiu, Romania.

Diana Maria Sarca, Babes-Bolyai University

Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

George Willy Cristea, Babes-Bolyai University

Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Published

2022-06-25

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Studies & Articles