Problems in the treatment of religious patients. Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract 1. Discusses problems that therapists may encounter in interacting with and diagnosing strictly religious patients. Religious patients are often suspicious of secular therapists and therapy, and therapists too may be more prone to countertransference because of their personal attitudes toward religion. Differentiating religious beliefs and rituals from delusions and compulsions is difficult for therapists ignorant of the basic tenets of that religion. Therapists need a basic knowledge of the religion's doctrines and rituals …

publication date

  • January 1, 1991