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Scripture and Prayer in Therapy

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Summary

This article mainly discusses the importance of prayers and scripture as far as Cognitive Behavior therapy is concerned. In the modern world, it is evident that the therapists overlook the spirituality of clients and that may be offensive to some extent. However, this article implies that a therapist may appropriately incorporate scripture and prayer and end up assisting the client effectively (Tan, 2007). Nonetheless, the article also gives a reader the historical overview if behavioral therapy in the past and it also provides the two aspects of mindfulness. In this case, the first aspect is the one that involves engaging self-guidance concentration while the second one involves implementing a direction that is meticulous which is distinguished by interest. Also, the author of the article discusses the eight primary components of the Christian approach towards cognitive-behavior therapy and how a therapist may integrate both scripture and prayer without compromising the well-being of the client. The author points out that an assessment process is necessary because it helps one to determine the use of both Christian and standard approach in therapy.

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Moreover, the author is keen to explain the seven steps that are necessary for the inner healing prayer. However, he also makes it clear that it mail fail to work primarily for individuals that are more troubled. In the intervention part of the article, the author discusses the different types and elements of prayer. Additionally, he gives a detailed case of a client that is depressed and in the case; he provides a word for word transcript on the different ways in which prayer and scriptures were used to in therapy to facilitate recovery. He then insists that ethics must be maintained and respect for one’s spirituality to avoid evoking emotions within the client that may worsen his situation. He says, “As with prayer, scripture can also be misused or abused in therapy.”

Reflection

One of the reasons why I find this article captivating is because, over a long time, I have had the interest to learn how exactly prayer and scripture can be incorporated in therapy especially in a world that has a diversification in religious beliefs (Tan, 2007). I appreciate the fact that the article gives the reader the historical overview about how exactly prayer and therapy became a part of therapy. Moreover, it becomes interesting to read this article because it provides one with an ethical framework for the proper incorporation of prayer and scripture during therapy. The fact that the author gives a detailed illustration of the various therapy sessions using the different approaches of Christianity makes the article more sensible in all dimensions. Another reason that makes this article interesting for me to read is that; the author showcases some of the critical features of biblically based approaches that may be incorporated in the Cognitive-Behavior therapy. In fact, this made me delve into the scripture to read some of the text that I may read to myself or friends in when faced by a psychologically compromising situation.

I now understand the difference and relationship between explicit and implicit integration and how both of them are used to make therapy useful. Now, I understand the need for pre-intervention assessment since it helps one to choose between standard or Christian approach. I find this topic rather intriguing, and I need to carry out more research about scripture and prayer and how it affects therapy. Most importantly, I will require reading more about ethical practices that therapist overlooks as far as the spiritualism of a client is involved and how that may affect their healing process both in short and in the long run.

Application

I am a guidance and counseling practitioner in a vocational training college in our state, and a student approaches me with a case of depression that is stimulated by the domestic violence in her home. First, I was keen to apply the critical factors of the biblical approach and especially showing empathy to the client according to 1st Corinthians 13. This mainly was to establish a relationship with the client that would enhance her comfort to open up about what she was going through (Tan, 2007). The intake interview was the pre-intervention assessment that helped me establish whether or not to apply the prayer and scripture approach in the counseling. In this session, I prompted the client to tell me their religious background and denomination and if they were comfortable to discuss prayers and scripture openly. The client confirmed to me that they were comfortable with it and that is when I settled for the Christian approach to the cognitive behavioral approach.

The intervention for the client narrowed down to the prayer and inner healing prayer, and this was incorporated during the beginning, the middle, and the closing of the counseling session. It was easier for me to use this approach because the client acknowledged at the outset that she believed that prayers were therapeutic for her even before she started therapy. Also, the use of scripture for this client was effective because she also acknowledged that the Bible was the inspired word of God and that she found silence from reading verses whenever she felt low. Asking the question regarding the bible was useful and that also made the therapy session easy and enhanced the recovery of the client. I believe that scripture and prayers are a vital part of therapy especially if the client is cooperative and gives consent to use the approach.

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