What to know about spiritual counseling for mental health professionals

What to know about spiritual counseling for mental health professionals

By: David G. Johnson, M.A. with Dr. David Johnson, D.S.M. and Dr. Robert H. Johnson article Dr. Joseph M. Ganttman is a practicing spiritual counselor with more than 40 years of experience and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Utah.

He has worked with people with a wide range of health problems, including PTSD, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and more.

He is also a founder and director of the Healing Center of Salt Lake City, an agency that provides psychotherapy, support, and treatment services for mental illness in Salt Lake County. 

In an interview with Drs.

Johnson and Johnson, we explore how spiritual counseling can be helpful for people with mental illness.

What does spiritual counseling mean for someone with mental health concerns? 

What is spiritual counseling? 

How can it help someone who may have thoughts of suicide? 

Where do I start? 

When is spiritual therapy appropriate?

What are the pros and cons of practicing spiritual counseling sessions? 

In what way is it better than others?

What is the difference between psychological counseling and spiritual counseling or is there some difference? 

Are there specific therapeutic approaches that can help people with symptoms of mental illness? 

Can people who have mental health problems benefit from spiritual therapy?

What should I know about mental health counseling for people? 

For more information about mental illness, visit the American Psychiatric Association’s website at: www.psychiatry.org.

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