Christian Devotional Meditation For Anxiety
Christians engaged in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and counseling are living in a unique moment. Over the last couple decades, these fields have grown more and more open to religious belief and religion-accommodative therapies. At the same time, Christian...
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Christians engaged in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and counseling are living in a unique moment. Over the last couple decades, these fields have grown more and more open to religious belief and religion-accommodative therapies. At the same time, Christian counselors and psychotherapists encounter pressure (for example, from insurance companies) to demonstrate that their accommodative therapies are as beneficial as secular therapies. This raises the need for evidence to support Christian practices and treatments.This essay by Fernando Garzon was originally published as chapter 4 in the book Evidence-Based Practices for Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy, edited by Everett L. Worthington Jr., Eric L. Johnson, Joshua N. Hook and Jamie D. Aten. Garzon summarizes Christian devotional meditation, which has long been valued in the Christian church. It generally involves practices or disciplines of prayer or quiet reflection on Scripture. Garzon describes one controlled study (Carlson, Bacaseta and Simanton, 1988) and demontrates how he uses devotional meditation in psychotherapy.Like the other essays in the full-length volume, Garzon's essay on devotional meditation as a treatment for anxiety contributes to a field of inquiry that, while still in its infancy, promises to have enormous implications for future work in Christian counseling and psychotherapy.
Everett L. Worthington Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. A licensed clinical psychologist, he works with VCU's counseling program and with VCU's social psychology and developmental psychology programs. He is the director of VCU's Marital Assessment, Therapy and Enrichment Center (MATE) and served as executive director of A Campaign for Forgiveness Research.
He has published more than 200 articles and papers on forgiveness, marriage and family, psychotherapy and virtue in a wide variety of journals and magazines. He was the founding editor of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal and sits on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, The 700 Club and in many national newspapers.
He is the author of more than twenty books including Handbook of Forgiveness; Hope-Focused Marriage Counselling; and Forgiving and Reconciling. Most recently he has produced A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Healing Without Excusing Injustice.
- Christians Engaged In The Fields Of Psychology, Psychotherapy And Counseling Are Living In A Unique Moment. Over The Last Couple Decades, These Fields Have Grown More And More Open To Religious Belief And Religion-accommodative Therapies. At The Same Time, Christian Counselors And Psychotherapists Encounter Pressure (for Example, From Insurance Companies) To Demonstrate That Their Accommodative Therapies Are As Beneficial As Secular Therapies. This Raises The Need For Evidence To Support Christian Practices And Treatments.this Essay By Fernando Garzon Was Originally Published As Chapter 4 In The Book <em>evidence-based Practices For Christian Counseling And Psychotherapy,</em> Edited By Everett L. Worthington Jr., Eric L. Johnson, Joshua N. Hook And Jamie D. Aten. Garzon Summarizes Christian Devotional Meditation, Which Has Long Been Valued In The Christian Church. It Generally Involves Practices Or Disciplines Of Prayer Or Quiet Reflection On Scripture. Garzon Describes One Controlled Study (carlson, Bacaseta And Simanton, 1988) And Demontrates How He Uses Devotional Meditation In Psychotherapy.like The Other Essays In The Full-length Volume, Garzon's Essay On Devotional Meditation As A Treatment For Anxiety Contributes To A Field Of Inquiry That, While Still In Its Infancy, Promises To Have Enormous Implications For Future Work In Christian Counseling And Psychotherapy.
- Everett L. Worthington Jr., Eric L. Johnson, Joshua N. Hook And Jamie D. Aten
- <strong>part 1: Evidence-based General Psychotherapeutic Factors</strong>
- 2. Evidence-based Relationship And Therapist Factors In Christian Counseling And Psychotherapy
- R. Scott Stegman, Sarah L. Kelly And T. Mark Harwood
- 3. Lay Christian Counseling For General Psychological Problems
- Siang-yang Tan
- 4. Christian Devotional Meditation For Anxiety
- Fernando Garzon
- <strong>part 2: Evidence-based Approaches To Psychotherapeutic Treatment Of Individuals</strong>
- 5. Christian-accommodative Cognitive Therapy For Depression
- David J. Jennings Ii, Don E. Davis, Joshua N. Hook And Everett L. Worthington, Jr.
- 6. Christian-accommodative Trauma-focused Cognitive-behavioral Therapy For Children And Adolescents
- Donald F. Walker, Heather Lewis Quagliana, Morgan Wilkinson And Dana Frederick
- 7. Evidence-based Principles From Psychodynamic And Process-experiential Psychotherapies
- Keith J. Edwards And Edward B. Davis
- <strong>part 3: Evidence-based Psychotherapeutic Treatments For Couples And Groups</strong>
- 8. Preparing Couples For Marriage: The Symbis Model
- Les Parrott And Leslie Parrott
- 9. Christian Prep: The Prevention And Relationship Enhancement Program
- C. Gary Barnes And Scott M. Stanley
- 10. The Hope-focused Couples Approach To Counseling And Enrichment
- Jennifer S. Ripley And Vickey L. Maclin
- 11. The Marital Conflict And Restoration Model: Empirical Evidence For Pain-defense And Grace-trust Patterns In Couple Reconciliation
- James N. Sells
- 12. Marital Couples And Forgiveness Intervention
- Frederick A. Diblasio
- 13. Christian-accommodative Group Interventions To Promote Forgiveness For Transgressions
- Julia E. M. Kidwell And Nathaniel G. Wade
- <strong>part 4: Reflecting On Evidence-based Treatments</strong>
- 14. Promising Evidence-based Treatments
- Everett L. Worthington Jr., Joshua N. Hook, Eric Johnson And Jamie D. Aten
- 15. Conducting Clinical Outcome Studies In Christian Counseling And Psychotherapy
- Joshua N. Hook, Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Jamie D. Aten And Eric Johnson
- 16. Evidence-based Practice In Light Of The Christian Tradition(s): Reflections And Future Directions
- Eric L. Johnson, Everett L. Worthington Jr., Joshua N. Hook And Jamie D. Aten
- List Of Contributors
- Subject Index