In Casebook for a Spiritual Strategy in Counseling and Psychotherapy, leading therapist-authors mine their rich case histories to present valuable teaching tools for practitioners. Written from several theistic traditions and psychological orientations, this casebook—the companion volume to A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy—examines the therapeutic relationship as it occurs in various forms of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faiths, and provides practitioners with examples that will illuminate and inform their practices with clients of varying religious backgrounds.

Table of Contents




I. Introduction

  1. A Theistic Spiritual Strategy for Psychotherapy
    —P. Scott Richards and Allen E. Bergin

II. Programmatic, Group, and Marital Therapies

  1. A Theistic Approach to Therapeutic Community: Non-Naturalism and the Alldredge Academy
    —Brent D. Slife, L. Jay Mitchell, and Matthew Whoolery
  2. A Theistic Inpatient Treatment Approach for Eating Disorder Patients
    —Randy K. Hardman, Michael E. Berrett, and P. Scott Richards
  3. A Spiritual Formulation of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression in Pregnant Girls
    —Lisa Miller
  4. Forgiveness in Marital Therapy
    —Mark J. Krejci

III. Individual Denominational Therapies (Within Faiths)

  1. Spiritual Interventions in the Treatment of Dysthymia and Alcoholism
    —Richard Dobbins
  2. Judaic Therapeutic Spiritual Counseling: Guiding Principles and Case Histories
    —Aaron Rabinowitz
  3. Integrative Spiritually-Oriented Psychotherapy: A Case Study of Spiritual and Psychological Transformation
    —Len Sperry
  4. A Psychodynamic Case Study
    —Edward P. Shafranske

IV. Individual Ecumenical Therapies (Across Faiths)

  1. Crossing Traditions: Ignatian Prayer With a Protestant African American Counseling Dyad
    —Donelda A. Cook
  2. The Perilous Pranks of Paul: A Case of Sexual Addiction
    —Carole A. Rayburn
  3. Humanistic Integrative Spiritual Psychotherapy with a Sufi Convert
    —William West
  4. A Mormon Rational Emotive Behavior Therapists Attempts Qur'anic Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
    —Stevan Lars Nielsen
  5. A Psychobiological Link to Spiritual Health
    —Zari Hedayat-Diba
  6. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy for Disturbance About Sexual Orientation
    —W. Brad Johnson
  7. Religious Cross-Matches Between Therapists and Clients
    —Robert J. Lovinger and Sophie L. Lovinger

V. Conclusion

  1. Theistic Perspectives in Psychotherapy: Conclusions and Recommendations
    —P. Scott Richards and Allen E. Bergin

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

P. Scott Richards received his PhD in counseling psychology in 1988 from the University of Minnesota. He has been a faculty member at Brigham Young University since 1990 and is a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education. He is coauthor of A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy (American Psychological Association [APA], 1997) and coeditor of the Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity (APA, 2000). He was given the Dissertation of the Year Award in 1990 from Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics) of APA for his psychometric investigation of religious bias in moral development research. In 1999, he was awarded the William C. Bier Award from APA Division 36 (Psychology of Religion). He is a fellow of Division 36, served as secretary of the division from 2000 to 2003, and is currently president-elect of the division. Dr. Richards is a licensed psychologist and maintains a small private psychotherapy practice at the Center for Change in Orem, Utah.

Allen E. Bergin received his PhD in clinical psychology in 1960 from Stanford University. He was a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University, from 1961 to 1972. He was a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University from 1972 until his retirement in 2001. Dr. Bergin is past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and coeditor of the classic Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change. He is coauthor of A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy (APA, 1997) and coeditor of the Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity (APA, 2000). In 1989, he received the Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge Award from the APA. In 1990, Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of APA presented him with the William James Award for Psychology of Religion Research. He has also received the Society for Psychotherapy Research's Distinguished Career Award (1998) and the American Psychiatric Association's Oskar Pfister Award in Psychiatry and Religion (1998).