A Review of: 'The Use of Prayer and Scripture in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy'

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A Review of: “The Use of Prayer and Scripture in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy” Summary In Tan’s article, “The Use of Prayer and Scripture in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy” published by the Journal of Psychology and Theology in 2007, he discusses integrating prayer and scripture with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Tan uses examples of integration from real-life counseling sessions that he has been involved in, as a counselor. Tan’s article first discusses the usefulness of CBT and other behavioral techniques in counseling (Tan, 2007). Tan discusses very early in his article that CBT is as effective as antidepressant medications and is more effective that cognitive therapy alone according to a recent placebo study (Tan, 2007). Tan states …show more content…
Tan describes the seven steps used for healing prayer. The steps for healing prayer begin with a prayer for protections from evil, guided relaxation, and peaceful visualization. This is followed by painful visualization, prayer, patiently waiting for God’s intervention, and communion with God. At the end of the healing prayer, there is a closing prayer and then a debriefing.
The use of scripture in the session can be useful in correcting misconceptions that clients may have about God’s will for them. Utilizing the scripture can better inform clients according to Tan (Tan, 2007). Scripture can also inform clients about areas of their life that need adjusting or are sinful. It can also help clients to adjust their thought processes and improve character (Tan, 2007).
Tan goes on to state that utilizing these aspects of Christian CBT properly is beneficial for clients who have given informed consent. It is also beneficial for the counselor to become immersed in the discipline because it helps in the development of his or her own character as well (Tan, 2007).
Reflection
I was actually a little upset when the article ended because I had hoped that Tan would have been able to provide examples from more than one client. I was happy that Tan discussed the story of Jane who had, had such a profound spiritual experience. Tan states in the article that not everyone has an experience like that but everyone takes away some sense of
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