Because therapy requires navigation of deep waters, feeling safe is paramount. One should not have to hide their faith or leave spirituality outside of their therapy.
People may be hesitant to share their most deeply-held beliefs with their therapists for fear that they will be misinterpreted, dismissed, or, worse, “analyzed”. But there is growing evidence that it is important to attend to and integrate a client’s religious and spiritual beliefs in their therapy, if they believe that it is helpful for treatment. Moreover, for those for whom faith is central, omitting the spiritual lens from therapy can be a significant barrier to healing.
But research is showing that spirituality and psychotherapy can work in synergy, accelerating the process of transformation and change.** So incorporating faith into therapy is actually a practical matter. 1A Wellness offers spiritually integrative psychotherapy.