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Religions 2014, 5(1), 323-333; doi:10.3390/rel5010323
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Redeeming Emotion-Focused Therapy: A Christian Analysis of Its Worldview, Epistemology, and Emphasis

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2825 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40280, USA
Received: 7 December 2013 / Revised: 28 February 2014 / Accepted: 3 March 2014 / Published: 10 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christian Psychology: Past, Present, and Future)
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Abstract

While emotion-focused therapy (EFT) offers clinically useful information to Christian practitioners, its underlying worldview, epistemology, and emphasis present challenges for Christian therapists. This article advocates that Christian practitioners can redeem EFT for Christ by evaluating and translating these presuppositions in light of Christian alternatives. In offering these alternatives, the article encourages the creation of a distinctively Christian emotion-focused therapy (CEFT).
Keywords: Christian psychology; emotion-focused therapy; counseling methodology Christian psychology; emotion-focused therapy; counseling methodology
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Hardin, T. Redeeming Emotion-Focused Therapy: A Christian Analysis of Its Worldview, Epistemology, and Emphasis. Religions 2014, 5, 323-333.

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