Psychotherapy with troubled spirits: A qualitative investigation

Chad V. Johnson, Jeffrey A. Hayes, Nathaniel G. Wade

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A consensual qualitative research strategy was used to examine data from interviews with 12 psychotherapists. Therapists were asked to discuss their experiences working with their clients' spiritual problems. Analyses revealed 4 domains relevant to psychotherapy with spiritual problems: Therapist approach/philosophy, assessment of spiritual problems, therapy process, and therapy outcomes. Numerous categories within these domains were identified leading to a several predominant themes for approaching, assessing, and treating spiritual problems. Implications for practice, training, and continued research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-460
Number of pages11
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology


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