Spiritual Practices in psychological counseling : The Return To The Self
Keywords:spirituality, psychotherapy, counseling, religion, meaning-making, death anxiety, trauma
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.