Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 95–105 | Cite as

The role of faith in the psychotherapeutic context

  • Ronald E. Hopson


The focus of this article is the role of faith in psychotherapy. It is suggested that the psychotherapeutic endeavor may be fruitfully informed by insights from other disciplines. The theologian Paul Tillich's view of faith is discussed as it applies to the psychotherapeutic endeavor. The relation between faith and anxiety is explored in the context of the problem of resistance and change in psychotherapy. The work of theorists from various perspectives (existential, analytic) is discussed in the light of Tillich's view of faith.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald E. Hopson
    • 1
  1. 1.The Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee in KnoxvilleUSA

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