1st Edition

Integrating Spirituality into Counseling Methods and Practices

By Andrzej K. Jastrzębski Copyright 2023
    250 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Integrating Spirituality into Counseling uses the Christian tradition as a starting point for developing a universal frame of reference and is predominantly based on an existential approach to counseling, one that is applicable to several faith traditions as well as spiritual but nonreligious audiences.

    The chapters of this book proceed from the theoretical toward the more practical, in a logical fashion, allowing a clear distinction between different topics, starting from meta-reflection and finishing with practical applications. The design of the book allows students to focus on whatever is of importance to them; each chapter is self-contained and can be read independently of the others.

    Integrating Spirituality into Counseling is designed for students of counseling, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, and chaplaincy. It will provide readers with the tools they need to work with spiritual issues across traditions. Students will also find advice for when to refer clients to religious leaders or ministers, and they’ll also deepen their understanding of the ways in which spirituality influences one’s life.

    1. Defining Spirituality  2. Researching and Measuring Spirituality: Challenges and Opportunities  3. What Is a Spiritual Experience?  4. How to Understand Spiritual Development and Growth  5. From Spiritual Direction to Spiritually Integrated Therapy  6. Ethical Considerations Regarding Integrating Spirituality into Counseling  7. Spirituality Embedded in Culture  8. Signs of Healthy Spirituality  9. The Dark Side of Religion and Spirituality  10. Spiritual Struggle and Transformation  11. Prayer  12. Rituals  13. Spiritual Discipline  14. Sin, Confession, and Reconciliation


    Dr. Andrzej K. Jastrzębski, OMI, is a professor at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. He has a keen interest in promoting a holistic understanding of the human experience through research on spirituality, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.

    "Integrating Spirituality into Counseling is an interdisciplinary triumph. It includes the expected theoretical and practical techniques associated with training counselors but also engages a range of transcendental topics beneficial to the researcher, practitioner, and student alike."  David B. Perrin, professor emeritus at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and author of Studying Christian Spirituality

    "This rich book is the culmination of many years of reflection on spirituality. It brings the reader on a journey through the evolution of spirituality, spiritual experiences, and spiritual growth, but does not shy away from the dark side of spirituality. It will be appreciated both by clinicians and scholars."  Judith Malette, PhD, CPsych, full professor in the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Spirituality at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada