THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES WITH “RELIGIOUS” RESISTANCES1

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Abstract

Psychotherapy with religious patients poses many problems including countertransference, therapist reluctance to intervene in value-systems, lack of information about Biblical literature or the patient's religious culture, and lack of effective therapeutic strategies. A distinction was made between genuine religious values and resistances or defenses given a “religious” appearance. Specific information as to problems in interpretation of Biblical literature, and on alternative translations and meanings of 10 major problem areas encountered in therapy with religious patients, was given. Cultural differences among Catholics, Fundamentalists and Jews were discussed and a number of therapeutic approaches that have been useful with religious patients were summarized.

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