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Christ-Centered Therapy: The Practical Integration of Theology and Psychology [Hardcover]

By Neil T. Anderson (Author), Terry E. Zuehlke (Author) & Julie Zuehlke (Author)
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The bestselling author of "Victory Over the Darkness" and "The Bondage Breaker" joins with two therapists to bring Christ back into counseling. The text accomplishes an integration of psychology and theology to guide Christ-centered counseling for Christian professionals and counselors.

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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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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   431
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 7.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 13, 2000
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310231132  
ISBN13  9780310231134  
UPC  025986231132  

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More About Neil T. Anderson, Terry E. Zuehlke & Julie Zuehlke

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Neil T. Anderson is the founder and president emeritus of Freedom in Christ Ministries, which has offices and representatives in forty countries. He was formerly chairman of the Practical Theology Department at Talbot School of Theology and has five earned degrees including two doctorates. Dr. Anderson and his wife live in Franklin, Tennessee. For more information see or

Steve Goss is the international director of Freedom In Christ Ministries. Under his leadership the ministry has gone from operating in 7 countries to nearly 40 countries. Steve teaches extensively in churches in the UK and overseas and at conferences. He lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife, Zoe, and two daughters.

Neil T. Anderson has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Victory
  2. Victory Over the Darkness

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I Like It!  Feb 24, 2006
Out of the three counseling books I have recently puchased, secular and Christian, this is by far the best.
A Christian Counseling Model Built Upon Who We Are in Christ  Jan 18, 2006
In "Christ-Centered Therapy," Anderson, Zuehlke, and Zuehlke, as their sub-title suggests, present "The Practical Integration of Theology and Psychology."

In chapters 1-4, they examine the diverse strategies of integration versus non-integration in Christian counseling. They first contrast a Christian world-view to three sub-Christian viewpoints.

Their biblical psychology (study of the nature of human nature) presents a good introduction to the standard understanding of human nature as relational, rational, volitional, and emotional. As in all his writings, Anderson also does a good job of highlighting the importance of who we are in Christ and to Christ (our new nature and our new nurture). They take something of a middle ground between various "camps" in the debate about integration or non-integration. One might wish for a more detailed examination here, especially given the sub-title of the book.

Chapter five begins the more methodological study of the topic by examining the interrelationship of God, client, and therapist (what I call the "trialogue"). Their intervention strategy builds upon Anderson's work in the area of pre-fall and post-fall humanity and the nature of human nature. The rest of the book explains how to implement this model in the counseling process. For those looking for how to use one model throughout all counseling issues, this will allow a cohesive theoretical approach. The question of course is, "Is this model biblically comprehensive enough to be used in this way?"

The rest of the book provides numerous helpful tools, charts, and surveys for the practical implementation of the suggested model.

"Christ-Centered Therapy" is something of Anderson's opus. In it he brings together his theological perspective on our new nature in Christ and develops a counseling model built upon it. As stated, the reader will need to judge whether this is a fully comprehensive biblical model worthy of such a comprehensive approach, or whether this is one model that can simply be used as one intervention method among many.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends."
Heavy on the Evangelism  Oct 27, 2001
The author is heavy on the evangelism and light on the therapy. Most discussion leads back to biblical references, which is fine, but not apt always.

There are some interesting "counseling assistance tools" in it that could be helpful.

If you're looking for a book that more closely ties Psychology, Theology and Spirituality together look for the book by that very title - by Dr. Mark McMinn

Attempts to integrate psychology and theology  Jun 28, 2001
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. The subject of assessing client's spiritual condition is examined. The obstacles in counseling in the marketplace are discussed and an explanation of how to present the Gospel in that setting. Issues involving the reality of managed care are also considered. A large section of the book is given to the subject of counseling tools. A summary is given concerning each of these tools. They include cognitive-behavioral therapy, theophostics, and a therapy plan for the following issues: bonding; early recollections; eating disorders; grief and loss; physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; parenting issues; anxiety disorders; depression; boundaries; dissociative identity disorder; marriage communication; sexual addiction; and chemical addictions.

The book examines the issue of the professional Christian therapy and the church community as a collaborative partnership. A model for the interrelationship between the church and the Christian counselor is given. This includes how to establish a freedom ministry in the local church and the logistics and related issues in organizing such a ministry. Finally there is an extensive appendix that includes forms to be used in counseling ministry within the local church.

At the center of the book is Neil Anderson's 7 steps to freedom. This treatment plan is both Biblical and practical. I am confident that in many cases the 7 steps have brought individuals into new levels of freedom and wholeness. Yet the authors seem to promote the 7 steps as a panacea for nearly every mental health disorder. In my opinion this may be too simplistic and unrealistic. I also feel the book falls short in being a definitive integration of psychology and theology. This is unquestionably a Herculean task that was valiantly engaged but I felt the book fell short of fully satisfying this objective.

Despite its shortcomings, Christ Centered Therapy is a valuable work that should prove to be a wonderful resource for pastoral counselors and Christian mental health professionals as well as a quality textbook for seminaries and Christian colleges. The authors do a good job of exposing the anti-Christian bias in psychology and of explaining the different views of counseling in the Christian community. They have a great respect for the power of God's Word and the work of the Holy Spirit in counseling. I particularly appreciated the tool kit section, which presented various conditions and the interventions.

Great help for Christian Counselors/Ministers  Aug 9, 2000
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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