Coun 506 Journal Review Essay

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Interventions that Apply Scripture in Psychotherapy
Kaitlin Clark
Liberty University

Interventions that Apply Scripture in Psychotherapy
In this paper I will review the article “Interventions that Apply Scripture in Psychotherapy.” (Garzon 2005). Overall counseling can be very tricky, especially when the client is religious. This will require the counselor to use multiple resources, such as the Bible, when coming up with a treatment plan. The word of God is superior when it comes to healing. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) When
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He feels that he is not living up to what his dad wanted him to be. In George’s case he was very open to scripture intervention because he was a Christian. Some of the mentioned ways that scripture was integrated into George’s treatment were praying for George both outside of his sessions and also as needed, quietly, during the sessions. Also the integration of the Word of God into the sessions, giving George scriptures that are key to what he is going through at the time, and also giving him “homework” to read and find scriptures on his own that he can apply to his life.
Personally, I enjoyed this article because I look forward to being able to integrate the Bible and Scriptures into my own counseling practices. I feel that both my knowledge of psychology and the Word of God will allow me to help people through anything. God’s word will be the basis of my treatment plans; I will also need my background and insight from psychology. There were a few techniques that I found very interesting and that I plan on using. The first is deep breathing relaxation, first you find out what scripture is most comforting to the client so that they are able to exhale it during the exercise, in George’s case it was “Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my shepherd.’” (Garzon 2005. Pg. 116). The exercise involves the client inhaling deeply, holding to a count of five, and then while exhaling slowly they repeat

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