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How clients with religious or spiritual beliefs experience psychological help-seeking and therapy: A qualitative study

Mayers, C; Leavey, G; Vallianatou, C; Barker, C; (2007) How clients with religious or spiritual beliefs experience psychological help-seeking and therapy: A qualitative study. CLIN PSYCHOL PSYCHOT , 14 (4) 317 - 327. 10.1002/cpp.542.

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Abstract

This qualitative study explored the process of help-seeking and therapy among clients with religious or spiritual beliefs. Ten clients who were currently in, or had recently finished, therapy were interviewed. Participants reported using their religious or spiritual beliefs to cope with their psychological problems before and during therapy. Prior to therapy, they were worried that secular-based help might weaken their faith. However, the experience of having psychological distress and the process of receiving therapy were both perceived as strengthening to faith and ultimately part of a spiritual journey. Contrary to expectations, a match between the spirituality or religious affiliation of the therapist and client was not considered important. This implies that the 'religiosity gap' between secular therapists and clients with religious/spiritual beliefs is bridgeable. Copyright (c) 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Type: Article
Title: How clients with religious or spiritual beliefs experience psychological help-seeking and therapy: A qualitative study
DOI: 10.1002/cpp.542
Keywords: ROYAL FREE INTERVIEW, MENTAL-ILLNESS, PSYCHOTHERAPY, BEHAVIOR
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/92095
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