Religion, Spirituality and Counseling: Can They Be Integrated?

Despite the past suspicion and abject distrust between religion, spirituality and counseling psychology, it is now clear that things are changing. In recent years, the relationship between religion, spirituality and counseling has evolved. A growing body of research shows that integrating religion and spirituality into counseling is vital, and that they can interact together to help improve the human condition. The suspicion among religious and spiritual individuals toward counseling was partly a result of the historical mistrust between religion and psychology. This paper attempts to explore the relationship between religion, spirituality and counseling, and the importance of integrating religion and spirituality into counseling process. After general overview of their relationship, and the role of religion and spirituality in counseling, both the benefits, and suitability of including religion and spirituality in counseling, along with the ethical guidelines, will be outlined.

Author: 
Abdullahi Mohamed Khalif
Year Completed: 
2012
Number of Pages: 
47
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