The Therapist and Christian Client in Relationship

Volume 5
Winter 1977
The Therapist and Christian Client in Relationship

The client's self-disclosure is essential to productive therapy. The client must decide not only how much to disclose of that which brought about therapy, but also how to handle an emerging relationship with the therapist. The Christian client may have particular trouble with that relationship. There is first the identification with the therapist as a most significant person. There can develop an untenable credibility: whatever the therapist says is gospel truth. As healing progresses there is sometimes a "need" to have the therapist as a friend. As therapy begins to terminate, the therapeutic process can be stopped too soon because of failure to resolve the relationship satisfactorily. I encountered these stages as a client. Any of these stages in relationship may become too painful and can stunt growth and cause premature termination.

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