Spiritual Therapy: Combining Psychotherapy With The Gospel For A Better You!

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Spiritual Therapy is a book about how psychotherapy and the gospel of Jesus Christ complement and enhance each other. Many conservative religious Christians are suspicious of therapy but there is no need to be. Psychotherapy esp. cognitive-behavioral therapy and the gospel can have a synergistic effect on each other. Together they can be unbeatable in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders. The author expertly shows how the two approaches can be easily combined and work together to help individuals overcome mental and emotional problems and become truly happy.

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Jim Shelton L.C.S.W. was born and raised in the Idaho Falls, ID area. He graduated from Brigham Young University with high honors with a bachelors degree in psychology in 1979. He graduated from the University of Utah with a masters degree in social work in 1982. For the last 23 years he has worked as a mental health therapist for Valley Mental Health in Salt Lake City and LDS Family Services in Salt Lake City. He is active in the Latter-day Saint church and has had various leadership positions, such as: full time missionary to Germany, high councilor, counselor in the bishopric, and bishop. He is married and has five children

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I love to see people change. It has been a marvelous and wonderful experience to assist people in the change process in several capacities as missionary, bishop and therapist. When I witness change, I feel honored and often feel like Moses on Mount Sinai that I am standing on holy ground. One of the most joyous experiences in life is to help our family, friends and those we care about change their lives. Those of you who have been on missions have undoubtedly experienced this great joy. So many missionaries at the end of their missions say that their missions were the best two years of their lives. The reason for this is because they have been instruments of change and in this process of changing others they have also been uplifted and elevated. It leads to an over flowing of happiness and prompts great missionaries, such as Ammon in the Book of Mormon, to exclaim: "My joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God." (Alma 26:11). Of course, missionaries do not have a monopoly on this joy. Many bishops, Relief Society presidents, Young Men and Young Women leaders, home teachers and visiting teachers and others have experienced the same outpouring of happiness when they have successfully helped someone change. I have been blessed to be in such roles in the Church. The memories I have as a missionary and a bishop of people converted and lives changed stand out like diamonds in my mind. I will always treasure those times. I have also been blessed to be in the change business as a therapist. The change that I witness as a therapist is just as rewarding and fulfilling as the happiness I have experienced as a missionary and a bishop. This has led me to wonder how change occurs. It has led me to ask, as Enos did: "Lord, how is it done?" (Enos v.7) Is the change that occurs through the gospel the same change that occurs through psychotherapy? It is the main premise of this book to answer this question affirmatively. This is not something commonly taught in graduate school. Many professionals do not recognize the connection between spritual conversion and the change that occurs in therapy. However, after being involved in therapy for twenty years I can testify that the same uplifting feelings I had as a bishop or a missionary are the same kind of emotions I feel on a fequent basis in my profession. I have no doubt these joyous feelings originate with the Holy Gost. This is the main reason I love my job so much. It is an honor and great pleasure to be part of the change that occurs in my clients' lives. Although the vehicle of change may be different, the change that occurs through therapy is the same change that occurs through religious conversion. It all comes about through the power and miracle of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

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