How Faith and Psychotherapy Work Together

As a pastoral therapist, I like to work with clients who have faith backgrounds. One of my biggest challenges was finding a personal therapist who would work with my own mental health while not disavowing the importance of my faith. As someone who has been a part of a church background since my youth, I have also been concerned when many churches ignore or minimize the importance of psychotherapy to help with issues concerning marriage, family, depression, anxiety, grief, and other issues. As a pastor, I also understand that clergy often fulfill various roles within a church and may not have the time to perform in depth counseling.

Faith works by teaching us values, beliefs, and a philosophy of life. It encourages us to love and forgive others and challenges us to live better. Faith also gives us assurance by reminding us that God is present watching, leading, guiding, and loving us. Psychotherapy challenges us to examine our behaviors, beliefs, and patterns to see how they serve us. It causes us to look at our thoughts, our history, our successes, and even our pain to see how it either helps or hinders us.

Both faith and psychotherapy compliment one another. We integrate faith narratives from scripture into our therapy to elicit powerful change in our lives. The narratives and stories give us a framework to see how God’s presence walks with us and empowers us to live better lives. Psychotherapy can also help us examine when faith has been toxic and detrimental in our lives. In those cases psychotherapy can help us reframe our faith stories into something that can be more empowering and beneficial for us.

The danger for us is when we make faith and psychotherapy mutually exclusive enemies instead of complimentary tools in our personal development. Great spiritual health and great mental health go together in making us better people.

If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, experiencing challenges in your marriage, experiencing parental difficulties, or struggling with grief I can work with you. If you are looking for a therapist who will listen, value your faith, and use it to empower you as you face life’s challenges then please come see me. My email address is Whemphill2@williamhemphill.com and my phone number is 678-684-0397.

 

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4530 South Berkeley Lake Road
Norcross, GA 30071

willhemphill2@gmail.com
(678) 684-0397

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