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Book on spirituality by PSU Professor Rick Johnson benefits mental health practitioners
Book on spirituality by PSU Professor Rick Johnson benefits mental health practitioners

A practical integration of psychology and spirituality that builds upon existing psychological theories 

While many clients want spiritual and philosophical issues to be addressed in therapy, many mental health professionals report that they feel ill-equipped to meet clients' needs in this area. Providing a model that is approachable from a variety of theoretical orientations, Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy supports therapists in becoming open to the unique ways that clients define, experience, and access life-affirming, spiritual beliefs and practices.

Drawing on the author's research into spiritual issues, as well as predictors of clients' psychological health, this reflective book presents an integrative approach to discussing the topic of spirituality. An essential resource for mental health professionals of all spiritual and religious persuasions, Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy discusses:

  • Client-defined spirituality
  • Integrating spirituality with psychological theories
  • Why clients become spiritually lost
  • Practical steps for spiritual health and abundance in therapy
  • Helping clients reclaim their real self
  • How spiritually oriented therapy helps
  • Guidance for therapists in differentiating their spirituality from their clients' to foster a more successful therapeutic relationship

Filled with numerous cases and stories illustrating how spirituality can be a natural and beneficial part of the therapeutic process, Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy enables mental health professionals to nonjudgmentally invite a collaborative exploration of the role of spirituality in their clients' lives.

Patrick "Rick" Johnson, PhD, is chair of the Counselor Education Department at Portland State University. Previously, he was an assistant and associate professor at Montana State University. Dr. Johnson is also a licensed psychologist and maintains an active private practice. His research and scholarly agendas focus on the effects of family experiences on psychosocial development in adolescence and adulthood, as well as the integration of psychological and spiritual health.

Patrick "Rick" Johnson, PhD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
Counselor Education
PO Box 751
615 SW Harrison
Room 504B
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-9764
Fax: 503-725-5599
Email: johnsonp@pdx.edu

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