Title

Psychotherapy with Rural Religious Fundamentalist Clients

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2010

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Successful psychotherapy with rural fundamentalist Christians requires psychologists to understand the clients' culture and world-view. They often rely heavily on religious authorities, interpret Scriptures literally, adhere to strict moral codes of behavior, and believe that they should evangelize those around them. Common therapeutic challenges include: spiritualizing problems, relational conflicts related to gender role expectations, addiction problems, and the religious agendas of family and clergy. We recommend that psychotherapists evaluate their own attitudes, collaborate with community gatekeepers, sensitively address clients' rigid beliefs, address religious differences, and take a holistic approach to treatment. A case example illustrates this approach. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol: In Session 66:513-523, 2010.

Publication Title

Journal of Clinical Psychology

Volume

66

Issue

5

First Page

513

Last Page

523