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Transformation Through Christian Emotion-Focused Therapy

Chapter 10, Transformative Encounters

Single Chapter Ebook

by Lydia C. W. Kim-van Daalen and Eric L. Johnson

Transformation Through Christian Emotion-Focused Therapy
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  • Published: March 02, 2016
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-8211-3
  • Item Code: 8211

What would it mean for Christian counseling and pastoral care to take seriously the idea that God intervenes in the world? What would it look like for therapists and pastors to see themselves as opening the door to a miraculous divine encounter? How would counseling change if the intervention of God was not merely a theoretical idea but a lived experience?

This essay by Lydia C. W. Kim-van Daalen and Eric L. Johnson was originally published as chapter 10 in the book Transformative Encounters, edited by David W. Appleby and George Ohlschlager. Kim-van Daalen and Johnson highlight the power and importance of emotional experience, discuss why some Christians are skeptical of the emotions, propose a model of Christian emotion-focused therapy and offer a case study, along with reference and other recommended resources.

Like the other essays in the full-length volume, Kim-van Daalen and Johnson build on Gary Collins's classic work, The Rebuilding of Psychology, to explore what a God-centered model of Christian counseling or pastoral care would look like. They share the conviction that God is able to bring about lasting psycho-spiritual change here and now. And they seek to encourage and aid counselors, pastors, church staff, clinical practitioners, academics and students in developing this kind of God-encountering, Christ-centered ministry of miraculous change.


The Power and Importance of Emotional Experience
Scriptural Evidence
Research Evidence
Anecdotal Evidence
Why Are Some Christians Skeptical of the Emotions?
A Proposed Model of Christian Emotion-Focused Therapy (CEFT)
Before the Session
During the Session
After the Session
Some Christian Emotion-Focused Strategies
A Case Illustration of CEFT
References and Recommended Resources

Eric L. Johnson

Eric L. Johnson (PhD, Michigan State University) trained as an academic psychologist and is Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Foundations for Soul Care and the coeditor of God Under Fire and Christianity and Psychology: Four Views. An associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, he is the director of the Society for Christian Psychology and the Institute for Christian Psychology.