In the early history of psychotherapy, research on integrating faith and spirituality did not arouse much interest . However, this attitude has changed in the latter part of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Psychology has, of late, experienced a paradigm shift with an increased openness to religion and spirituality . This paradigm shift refers to the significant change in historical practices in science . It is suggested that counselors, when building a therapeutic alliance with clients, explore and encourage spiritual expression at the client’s discretion. Current research also suggests individuals with a religious and/or spiritual worldview typically find comfort in their religious or spiritual beliefs and practices during times of un¬certainty or crisis.
Articles by Dr. Betty A. Purify
Dr. Betty A. Purify, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2018, is invested in the overall wellness of individuals. Clinical work has included trauma care, suicide risk assessment, crisis intervention, religion/spirituality assessments, integrated spirituality and psychotherapy, parent consultations in school, and transitional care with clients from outpatient clinics. Using the integrative approach, clients are supported in thoughts, feelings/emotions, and behaviors helping to decrease symptoms and increase function. Betty A. Purify, over 30 years of experience supporting individuals in parenting support/ training, pre/marital counseling, trauma, psychological first aid, adolescence/teen, correctional setting, and mental health supervised clinical to diverse populations. According to research data, many Americans expressed the importance of religion/spirituality in their lives. Dr. Betty uses a collaborated integrative approach in counseling shaped by ethical guidelines and standards of the American Psychological Association for client care.