FAQs on Therapy
I'm a Christian. Do I need a Christian therapist?
It's important to have a good, comfortable relationship with your therapist. It's also very important to have someone who can understand the spiritual aspect of your life. If your therapist practices a different religion than you do, it is important to try to have a priest, minister or spiritual director of your faith tradition to help you with issues that involve religion or God. It's not always possible to receive important and necessary information for healing from someone who doesn't understand your faith background. Even though is not essential that your therapist be Christian, it's very helpful.
Does the person who affirms me have to be a therapist?
No, it is not necessary that the person who affirms an unaffirmed person is a therapist. It can be a pastor, priest, spiritual director, special relative or friend that God places in one's life. It is important that an unaffirmed person have a therapeutic relationship though.
How long can one expect to be in affirmation therapy?
That depends on how affirmed or unaffirmed a person is. Everyone is different and comes to therapy with different backgrounds, different parents, different family and living situations, different friends, etc. In therapy, because individuals grow through developmental stages that they missed in life, it takes longer than many other therapies and takes patience and understanding on the part of the therapist. The affirmation therapist is not looking for quick fixes to an immediate problem. The therapist is looking for life-long healing and wholeness. For persons with Emotional Deprivation Disorder, treatment can take a number of years.
If I start paying more attention to my emotions and bodily feelings, won't I become less spiritual?
"It is not body or spirit, but body and spirit, interacting by means of intellect and emotions (psyche), which enable us to love God." (Baars)