Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Faith and Therapy

As some of you may know, I'm a psychology student, currently doing an internship. As part of my internship, I'm doing a little project concerning religion and therapy. I know there are horror stories to be told about psychiatrists and psychologists completely dismissing religion, or even considering them delusional. I, on the other hand, figure it's a source of strength, and as such, should not only be respected in therapy, but might even be something I can "use" to help someone. So I've a few questions:

1) To what extent would you expect a therapist to take your religion into account?

2) Are there any taboos or such in your religion that your therapist should consider? Are there certain types of treatment that would be right out for you, for example? How would you expect a therapist to deal with that?

3) What are the strengths of religion that you think could help you when in a situation that requires therapy? Do you consider them any of your therapist's business?

4) Have you met or heard of therapists who got this totally wrong? What did they do that was so wrong? What are the things I want to avoid?

I'm really looking for any kind of information here, so feel free to brainstorm, go off on tangents, etc.

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