Religion, Spirituality and Therapy
As part of my studies I completed a dissertation on the impact of religion and spirituality entering the therapeutic room and its effect on the therapeutic relationship. What became evident to me was often therapists felt uncomfortable talking about faith and religion, and this was noted by their clients. This often resulted in the topic never being discussed or therapy ending early. Clients can be left feeling judged or uncomfortable if they did discuss their religion or spiritual views.
My personal journey of spirituality has been challenging, yet rewarding. As a result of my unique training and experience, I understand the complexities and intimacies associated with religion. Sometimes you may wish to have a therapist that understands these. It may be relevant to hold the values of your faith whilst discussing your difficulty such as marital/relationship issues or sexuality. You may have some doubts about your faith, and this may impact on you or members of your family.
I have worked with clients of all faiths and cultures, and it is often the knowledge that religion and spirituality can be discussed within the therapy sessions that gives them peace of mind. However, I am lead by the client and it features only if the you feel it needs to.
I also work with Agnostic and Atheist clients. Sometimes your view may be different to what you have been brought up with. You may be wrestling with this, or the broader impact that your views on faith may have within your family.
All of these issues and others can be supported through therapy.