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Christian Psychotherapy in Context: Theoretical and Empirical Explorations in Faith-Based Mental Hea

Psychological Interventions throughout HistoryRecent Developments that Necessitate a Distinctly Christian Approach to PsychotherapyBuilding a Case for a Distinctly Christian Approach to Psychotherapy for Emotional Disorders“Neighbors in Different Countries”: A Metaphor for Understanding the Relationship between Christian and Secular Versions of PsychotherapyPsychotherapy Integration—Four Distinct ViewsWhy a Distinctly Christian Psychotherapy for Emotional Disorders?Rationale for the Outline in This BookA Balanced Approach“The Cast”: A Metaphor for Christian Healing in PsychotherapyThe Intended Audience and Informed ConsentNotesReferencesThe Doctrine of God in Christian Theology: God’s Nature within the Christian TraditionGod’s Nature within the Christian TraditionGod as TriuneGod as Personal and TranscendentTranscendenceThe Incommunicable Attributes of GodImmutability and OmnipresencePersonalThe Communicable Attributes of GodOmniscienceOmnipotenceOmnibenevolenceGod’s ProvidenceNotesReferencesThe Doctrine of God in Christian Theology: A Theoretical and Empirical ExplorationThe Knowledge of God and the Knowledge of OneselfThe Worship of God and Its Psychological BenefitsA Transcendent Therapy InterventionAttachment to GodGod Concept and God ImageProvidence, Religious Coping, and SurrenderDetachment from the Created Order in the Christian TraditionGod and Identity FormationGod and Meaning-Discovery and -RealizationInsecure God Attachment, Distorted God Images, and Spiritual AbuseNotesReferencesThe Doctrine of God in Christian PsychotherapyThe Christian Tradition and Emotional DisordersCentral ThemeGoals for TreatmentChristian ResourcesThe Support Phase: Modeling God’s Attributes and ActionsBuilding the Therapeutic Relationship and Reducing IsolationOffering a Secure Base and Safe HavenModeling Jesus’ Empathy, Acceptance, and GraceProviding a Relational FrameworkExploring the Inner World and Verbalizing Painful AffectThe Learning Phase: Recognizing God’s Active, Loving Presence in the Midst of PainProcessing Painful Emotions: Cultivating Experiential AcceptanceSurrendering to God’s Providence: A Three-Step ProcessAttaining Insight: Trusting in God in the Midst of PainLearning to Accept Emotional PainProviding Feedback: God’s Providential RoleThe Action Phase: Balancing Sitting at Jesus’ Feet and Serving HimConfronting Fears with Christian MeditationFocusing on God with the Jesus PrayerLearning to Follow JesusTesting Assumptions by Practicing the Presence of GodWorking Through Ingrained Thinking PatternsAffect Regulation with Christian DetachmentA Case ExampleThe Support PhaseThe Learning PhaseThe Action PhaseConclusionNotesReferencesOntology and Epistemology in the Christian TraditionReality as an Event of CommunionCreating RealityBroken Communion and Fragmented WholeEpistemology within the Christian TraditionKnowledge as an Act of CommunionKnowing and the Loss of CommunionReferencesOntology and Epistemology in Christian Mental Health: A Theoretical and Empirical ExplorationWorldviews and PsychologyDistinctive Christian Worldview AssumptionsWorking with Signs of MeaningThe Meaning of the EmotionsThe Meaning of Persons-in-Communion in TimeFavored Modalities of Therapy in a Christian FrameworkThe Unifying, Satisfying Role of ChristReferencesOntology and Epistemology in Christian PsychotherapyCentral ThemeReality, Knowledge, and the Secular Psychology LiteratureGoals for TreatmentChristian ResourcesThe Support Phase: A Transcendent View of Reality and KnowledgeVerbalizing Painful AffectReducing Isolation by Offering a Patient, Silent PresenceTurning to a Scriptural FrameworkPromoting Healthy Dependence: The Potter and the ClayExploring the Inner WorldOffering Jesus’ LoveModeling “Being”The Learning Phase: Emotional Pain as a “Sign/Signal”Processing “Primary” EmotionsAttaining Insight into a Spiritual RealityOffering a Corrective Experience: Embracing Need-Rupture-Repair CyclesPursuing Realistic Expectations Because of the FallReframing the Self as Dependent on GodThe Action Phase: Trusting God and Following His WillTrusting in God, Rather than Human KnowledgeShifting from the “Doing” to “Being” ModePracticing Following JesusAchieving Efficacy from GodRelating Differently to Thoughts and FeelingsA Case ExampleThe Support PhaseThe Learning PhaseThe Action PhaseConclusionNoteReferencesBiblical Anthropology and Axiology in the Christian TraditionLife as the Practice of CommunionCommunion and the Imago DeiProjecting versus PossessingEthics as Proper CommunionNotesReferencesBiblical Anthropology and Axiology in Christian Mental Health: A Theoretical and Empirical ExplorationThe Nature and Values of Human Beings According to ChristianityHumans Are CommunalHumans Are Developing IndividualsBecoming a Thinking and Evaluating PersonBecoming a Personal Agent-in-CommunionBecoming an Author of One’s StoryMaturation and Human FallennessMaturation and RedemptionBecoming a Virtuous CharacterNoteReferencesBiblical Anthropology and Axiology in Christian PsychotherapyCentral ThemeSin, Values, and the Secular Clinical Psychology LiteratureGoals for TreatmentChristian ResourcesThe Support Phase: Turning to God for HelpExploring the False SelfA Biblical View of the Self: What It Means to Be HumanModeling the Imago DeiThe Christian Virtue of LoveThe Learning Phase: Differentiating the True Self and False SelfThe True Self: Jesus in the DesertThe False Self and Christian DetachmentInternal Working Models, Core Schemas, and Storied Selves“It Is Finished”: Jesus’ Experience on the CrossThoughts and Feelings versus Virtues: Who’s the Captain of My Ship?The Action Phase: Noticing the False Self, Shifting to the True Self, and Following JesusThe Jesus Prayer: Getting to Know the Inner WorldA Condensed, Three-Step Process: Noticing, Shifting, and FollowingPutting Together a Plan: Biblical Virtues in Daily LifeMary’s Contemplation and Martha’s Action: Two Sides of the Same CoinA Case ExampleThe Support PhaseThe Learning PhaseThe Action PhaseConclusionNoteReferencesRedemption in the Christian TraditionThe Path of CommunionLiving the ImageRestored Communion and Our Path in the WorldRestored Communion and Our Life with GodNotesReferencesRedemption in Christian Mental Health: A Theoretical and Empirical ExplorationThe Therapeutic Value of Experiential DetachmentChristian Teachings that Promote DetachmentSome Psychotherapeutic Assets of Christian RedemptionRedemptive Differentiation and IntegrationRedemptive DifferentiationRedemptive IntegrationNoteReferencesRedemption in Christian PsychotherapyCentral ThemeGoals for TreatmentChristian ResourcesThe Support Phase: Gaining an Awareness of Being Reconciled to GodJesus as the Ultimate Attachment Figure: The “Stronger and Wiser” OtherModeling Love, Mercy, and GraceThe Grand Narrative of Scripture and Christian MeditationThe Learning Phase: Understanding Redemption in the Context of Emotional DisordersVerbalizing and Accepting Pain with Kataphatic Meditation: Focusing on God’s ProvidenceThe Valley of Vision and Reconciliation: Imagining Jesus’ Smile as a “Ray of Heaven”“Jesus, Save Me!”Accepting Pain with Apophatic MeditationThe Action Phase: Noticing, Shifting, and Acting with GodFacing Fears with Christian Meditation: The Jesus Prayer, Communion with God, and TheosisNoticing, Shifting, and Following: A Three-Step Meditative Process to Focus on Jesus’ Work of RedemptionLectio DivinaA Case ExampleSupport PhaseLearning PhaseAction PhaseConclusionNoteReferences

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