Ethically Incorporating Spirituality in Therapy

This research paper explores the impact of self-esteem and spiritual formation on the belief structure individuals maintain. The importance of these beliefs on the interpersonal relationships, decision-making processes, and connectedness one has to a spiritual life force is examined. With the diversity of cultures and religious faiths, helping professionals need to be aware of their ethical duty to embrace and not avoid spiritual topics that clients want to discuss in their psychotherapy. Research considerations include an exploration of how psychotherapists can address psychological issues that are spiritual in nature when therapists hold beliefs that will often differ from the worldviews and belief structure of the clients they work with. An evaluation of the ways helping professionals can implement the spiritual resources a client wants to employ therapeutically is explored to understand how the motives and core beliefs established affect the client’s movement process. In addition, ethical implications for counselor competency in regard to personal biases, beliefs, and professional limits are considered for utilization in a counseling session. The application of specific treatment decisions is also explored, as well as recommendations for further research.

Christina M. Hill
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