Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 309–315 | Cite as

The practice of psychotherapy and spiritual direction

  • Rachel Julian


The author compares and contrasts insight-oriented psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, and spiritual direction in relation to goals and methods; management of resistance, transference, and countertransference; and selection criteria. The enhancement of spiritual formation through insight-oriented psychotherapy and supportive psychotherapy is also discussed.


Selection Criterion Supportive Psychotherapy Spiritual Direction Spiritual Formation 
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© Institutes of Religion and Health 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel Julian
    • 1
  1. 1.Carraway Methodist Medical Center in BirminghamAlabama

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