The Inclusion Of Spirituality Within The Counseling Process

1258 Words Aug 15th, 2014 6 Pages
Dr. McMinn (1996) explains in his book that a Christian counselor does not only use psychology and theology. McMinn believes that the inclusion of spirituality should be considered and limited only the intradisciplinary approach. It is considered intradisciplinary because it involves both the counselor and the client actively making decisions regarding therapy. McMinn explains that in order for the incorporation of spirituality within the counseling process, the counselor must have reached a certain level of spiritual maturity. The counselor is required to incorporate the different disciplines of prayer, sin, forgiveness, confession, Scripture, and redemption with the client. McMinn has chosen a model that is based off healing. McMinn explains that the goal of this model is to create a healthy self-image that moves into a sense of need, which will ultimately end with the client having a healthy relationship with God and their peers. This model promotes mental, spiritual and emotional growth that is completed by accepting guidance from our creator.
Dr. McMinn believes that prayer could be a vital tool in the counseling process if used both within and outside the counseling session; however, caution should be used when incorporating prayer. McMinn also stresses the importance of the counselor having his or her own time of prayer. Typically “quiet prayer” would be used outside the session due to it being done when that person is alone. McMinn also explains that “open…
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