Psychology, Theology, And Spirituality In Christian Counseling

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4MAT Review on McMinn
Stephanie Dooley
Liberty University

Summary This is a review on the book Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling written by Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D. This book is a great resource for someone who has chosen the path of Christian counseling. The author states that the main idea of the book is, “this is a book for those wanting to investigate the frontier of intra-disciplinary integration” (McMinn, 2011, p. 9). McMinn talks about religious interventions as they relate to integration along with challenges that Christian counselor may face. Integration is achieved not only by having a strong biblical and theological foundation but in addition having a person’s spiritual discipline included.
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I started seeing a Christian counselor when I was in my early teens and my parents starting going through their divorce. I had started to lash out towards my family and was losing faith especially since my they decided to get the divorce, my father stopped attending church. Due to my actions, my mom talked to our pastor and he suggested that I see a Christian Counselor. What stands out the most from my sessions, is the way that prayer seemed to be forced on me during each session. It was like the counselor would not proceed with the session if I did not repent or pray for something and I was made to pray out loud so they would know that I was actually praying. I know that it is important, especially after reading this book, to have prayer and Scripture in sessions, however, the way it was presented made me feel even less of a Christian than I was already experiencing. I feel that when using theology in a psychological session, there has to be balance and used at appropriate times. Looking back at my sessions, I feel that the use of theology was not being used as encouragement but rather to tell me I was doing it wrong and due to this, I feel that it pulled me way more from God and the church. I finally asked my mother if I could start to see another counselor and once I did, I started to see major improvement with not …show more content…
One aspect that is important to me to use with a client is to make sure that there is the proper amount of theology along with psychology in a session. It is important for there to be a strong focus of theology and making sure that the client has a strong spiritual discipline. If a client is having difficulties, wither they are big or small, it is important to make sure they are not only coming in to see a counselor but also handing their problems over to God. They should have a good relationship with Him and should be spending quality time with that relationship. As with any relationship, you have to devote time to it. By having a good relationship with God, the client is able to better deal with any problems they may face wither they are a theological problem or a psychological problem. One part that is hard for me is to implement these concepts on myself. It is easy to tell others what needs to be done but it is not always the easiest to make yourself practice this. As a counselor, we have to remember to set time aside for ourselves and to practice what we are telling our clients to do and to make sure we ourselves have a strong, sound relationship with

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