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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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Influence of Personal Faith on Psychotherapist’s Professional Activity 908


Drozdov D.S.
Specialist of the First Category, State Budgetary Institution "Moscow Counseling Services Population" (MEDICAL MSPN), Moscow, Russia

The article presents the main results of the study of influence of personal faith on psychotherapist’s professional activities.The empirical analysis is based on interviews with practicing Orthodox psychotherapists, conducted in accordance with a specially developed procedure. The author makes a conclusion about the presence of trends in the practice of Orthodox therapists to one of the two poles, distinguished by the degree of directivity, the role of the therapist and their methods. The first pole — pastoral counseling, second — psychotherapy in a spiritual dimension.

Keywords: Orthodox psychotherapy, an Orthodox psychotherapist, Orthodox an- thropology, the psychotherapeutic process

Column: Christian psychology and psychotherapy


Funding. The research has been supported by a grant from the Russian Foundation for Humanities (grant № 15-06-10889 “Synergic-Phenomenological Approach in the Counseling Psychology”).

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