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'My professional training and Christian experience did not help me understand the spiritual and supernatural aspects of emotional and mental dysfunction. I am thankful to God for using Neil Anderson to teach me, and for allowing me to apply and share the truth in my life and in the lives of my family and others. I recommed 'Christ-Centered Therapy' to caregivers and others. This book will address the needs of the whole person and provide balanced options for clients to find wholeness and resolution.' -- George A. Hurst, MD, FACP|'This gold mine contains detailed and specific help for any pastor, counselor, or seeker who has desired Christ in their counseling experience or practice. It is also the most practical help I have seen for anyone who has tried to maintain both Christian care and integrity.' -- Dr. E. James Wilder, , Director|'This book makes an exceptionally important contribution -- showing how one can integrate Christ-centered counseling with the requirements of managed care and professional psychology at the start of the 21st century. I urge every practicing Christian counsler to read this book and every Christian counseling graduate program to integrate it into their curriculum.' -- Henry A Virkler, PhD, , Professor of Psychology

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Depending on whom you ask, the term Christian counseling can mean anything from secular psychology practiced by a Christian to biblical counseling that completely shuns psychological insights. Christ-Centered Therapy thoroughly integrates psychology and practical theology. A book written by experts from both fields, it utilizes the contributions of science in an uncompromisingly biblical framework. Here at last is a powerful resource to help you—pastor, counselor, or spiritual advisor—understand the complex problems of people and address them with the wisdom of God’s Word and the power of his Spirit.

Insightful and practical, Christ-Centered Therapy unites the wisdom and expertise of pastoral theologian and best-selling author Dr. Neil Anderson and professional Christian counselors Dr. Terry and Julianne Zuehlke. The first part of the book equips you with an understanding of the different issues involved in integrating theology and psychology. The second part helps you turn theory into practical application. You’ll also find appendixes that offer personal testimonies, provide professional forms, discuss the role of psychiatry in managed care, and present the Steps to Freedom in Christ.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1 edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310231132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310231134
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hudnall on June 28, 2001
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Christ Centered Therapy by Anderson, Zuehlke, and Zuehlke attempts to integrate psychology and theology into a wholistic counseling approach. The authors explain that all counseling operates from either a Christian or an alternative spiritual worldview. The belief that it is possible to treat persons psychologically in a values-neutral manner is a myth. No therapist is values neutral. Values are the very lifeblood of all counselors do with their clients. Patient-therapist similarity with regard to religious values may be one of the best predictors of a successful outcome. The authors examine, compare, and contrast the four primary worldviews currently in psychology which are humanism, utopianism, new age, and Biblical. They agree that Christian therapists in nonprivate domains have the right and obligation to counsel Christian clients from a biblical perspective.
They explain that the evangelical Christian community is defined by several nonnegotiable core beliefs but beyond that there are diverse strategies in Christian counseling that the authors examine. They range from secular psychology by Christian practitioners to "Bible only" methods that reject all psychology. The authors then attempt to find a balanced integration of theology and psychology. It centers on helping a client to realize his new identity in Christ. The authors present a Biblical strategy for Christian counseling that involves three levels of conflict and seven steps to freedom. The seven "Steps to Freedom in Christ" is process that the counselor assists the client in working through where a person takes a moral inventory and makes a commitment to truth.
In order for a counselor to be effective he must be growing himself. Several recommendations are for growth are given.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on December 30, 2011
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True therapy considers the entire person and brings truth to every area of darkness. The particulars of this are exactly the source of debate between christian psychologists, integrated counselors and biblical counselors. For those who are christians and are serious about soul-care in any of its manifestations must deal with the issues which Neil Anderson and Terry and Julianne Zuechlke deal with in this massively helpful book.

The image of christian counseling and therapy which Anderson and the Zuechlke's present is exactly the vision counselors need. In my opinion, Bible-only counseling fails to fully consider the complexity of men and women and the resulting complexity of sin's corruption. Conversely, Integrated counselors fail to truly integrate because their training is extremely lop-sided in the direction of psychology. Anderson's vision of counseling takes biblical anthropology and the doctrine of sin seriously. Yet, at the same time he sees psychology as a great asset to Christian therapy when integrated wisely. In their own words, they write:

Sanctification is God's will for our lives (1 Thessalonians 4:3), so Christian counselors need a comprehensive understanding not only of psychological principles but also of positional and progressive sanctification (11).
How this is to be accomplished is demonstrated through the successive chapters. The first part of the book is concerned with developing a comprehensive approach to counseling which is deeply christian while also learning well from psychology. They address all of the pertinent issues from integration to psychology to the role of faith and christian doctrine in the act of counseling. The second part of the book turns the theory presented in part one into application.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2000
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An excellent book to help us on the field who are seeking to provide quality counseling from a spiritual Christian perspective. This book offers good information in how to deal with the secular protocal required while at the same time not requiring the Christian counselor to abandon his person desire to be faithful to God in his counseling. I greatly appreciate their positive endorsment of Theophostic Ministry. Some have misunderstood and misrepresented this approach to counseling ministry without looking into its true theological basis and the incredible results people are having using this approach worldwide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Carter Thomas on February 10, 2012
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This excellent book was used as one our text books when I was in Global School of Ministry. The authors helps those of us seeking to learn and learning how to work in ministering to others. Christ must be the Centered of our lives for us to use-apply Christ-Centered Therapy with anyone. Thank you guys for this "text book".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chrystal Robinson on November 27, 2012
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This book helps to reconcile science and theology in the field of psychology. The techniques and approaches offered take the sting out of a sometimes contemptuous relationship between the two. It is a good resource for someone interested in psychology from a Christian perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Dugal on July 26, 2013
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Anderson, Zuehlke and Zuehlke join their years of experience and practice of Christian counseling to present a definitive work for the novice and seasoned counselor. This work is a great resource in answering the question, "What is Christ-centered therapy?" For the Christian counselor who desires to practice Christ- centered therapy this book is a must. Great overview. Solid presentation. Clear model for the Christian counselor. This should be required reading for every novice counselor.
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