Date Approved

5-7-2018

Embargo Period

5-8-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Miller, Matthew

Second Advisor

Dinzeo, Thomas

Subject(s)

Mental health counseling--Religious aspects

Disciplines

Counseling Psychology | Psychiatric and Mental Health

Abstract

The goal of this review was to examine the relationship between mental health and religion and/or spirituality. Specifically, it was believed that religion and spiritual congruence had a positive influence on satisfaction with therapy. Indeed, the literature reviewed suggests that therapists should be more open to addressing a patient's religious and/or spiritual beliefs as it could lead to more attuned therapeutic sessions. The importance of congruence between patient and therapist is a factor that can impact the therapeutic alliance, based on the literature, this concept appears to hold true for those that are or are not religiously and/or spiritually inclined.

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