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Editorial

    Editorial

The free e-Journal Christian Psychology Around The World is introdu-          werner.may@ignis.de
cing a new structure in upcoming numbers.
After 8 issues with focus countries (from which most of the authors came)
- Poland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, USA, Finland, Canada and South
Africa - we will now concentrate on one topic which is important for
Christian Psychology.
The topic for this new number is: “Therapy goals – from the perspective
of Christian psychology”.
As a rule, there are usually two reasons why people seek help expressly
from a Christian counsellor or psychotherapist: they wish to be accepted,
understood and welcomed as Christians themselves; and they expect help
from God, directly and through the other person, because this person has
specialist skills and involves God in the counselling process.
What goals do they bring with them? Primarily, they will state that the
troubling symptoms, which are the cause for the counselling or therapy,
should diminish or disappear completely.
That is easily said and easily understood.
And how does this look from the counsellor’s or therapist’s point of view?
Reduction of symptoms is certainly a first objective, but is that all?
The authors in this edition are enquiring about more, and it becomes clear
that the question of therapy goals varies according to the problem com-
plex – whether this involves, for example, relational conflict, addiction
or depressive illness – and a differentiated search for answers is required.
May you enjoy an inspiring participation in the search while reading the
various articles.
Yours,
Werner May

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