1st Edition

Counseling and the Resolution of Religious and Spiritual Struggles A Common Factors Approach

By Mentanna Campbell Copyright 2025
    184 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book delves into the critical question of how counseling can help individuals navigate and resolve these struggles. It prioritizes the true experts in this domain—the strugglers themselves—and provides an in-depth examination of their experiences.

    Using the rich, methodological approach of hermeneutic phenomenology, the author collaborates with participants to explore their lived experiences of the therapeutic relationship and the therapist’s way-of-being. By incorporating a common factors lens, the book offers insights into how therapists can engage with clients in a way that fosters an alliance capable of addressing r/s struggles and promoting growth. The book provides readers with a deep understanding of the r/s struggle resolution process, identifies how these findings advance the field, and encourages practitioners to adopt the common factor’s meta-model to work competently in this area. It also examines how counseling can help individuals resolve r/s struggles, identifying how and when faith-related questions emerge due to the failure of religious coping strategies. It introduces to the religious coping literature the pathway towards decline, delineates the process of how participants experience disconnection from God, self, and others, and puts forward three movements of the resolving process.

    Offering a new attempt to dissect this complex issue through the lens of common factors research, it will appeal to researchers, counselor educators, and post-graduate students with interests in religion and spirituality. This book is a significant contribution to the discourse on spiritual struggle and the role of counseling in addressing it.

    1. Introduction  2. Laying the Groundwork: An Introduction to Religious Coping and Common Factors Research  3. Methodology as Mirror and Model  4. Discovering Decline Pathways  5. Being With as a Companion: Creating Connection  6. Being With as a Mediator: Bridging the Gap with the Divine  7. Being With as a Navigator: Creating New Meaning Collaboratively  8. Being With as a Champion: Empowering Growth  9.Implications for Practice: A Call to Competency  10. Future Horizons


    Mentanna Campbell is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Adjunct Professor at Texas Christian University and the B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, USA.