Is it a Sin to Talk about Sin in Therapy?
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Sin in therapy
The role of morality and sin in therapy is a controversial topic. However, therapy has a distinctly moral nature, and the Christian concept of sin provides a helpful framework within which the therapist can effectively respond to clients' feeling guilt for their wrong doing as they present in therapy. This paper discusses how the moral nature of therapy must be understood and embraced if it is to encourage both insight and increased self-efficacy in treatment. The Christian concept of sin is discussed as well as a psychological definition of sin and its effects. A potential treatment approach is presented which emphasizes responsibility and restoration through insight, compassion, and increased self-efficacy. This approach is then displayed through a case example.
Langley, James, "Is it a Sin to Talk about Sin in Therapy?" (2010). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 115.