In this regard, I have successfully integrated CBT and EFT with my Christian faith using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to achieve several positive client interventions and outcomes. According to Tan (2011), REBT embraces three major therapeutic categories in which techniques may be employed namely: cognitive, emotive and behavioral. In my practice, I utilize Christian-adapted techniques particularly assessing clients’ (a) emotions and behaviors consequences, (b) disputing their irrational thoughts, (c) giving in-between-session assignments, (d) providing both individual and group psychoeducation, (e) using visual and emotional imagery, (f) using humor, (g) role-playing and (h) behavioral modification, (i) reinforcing rational beliefs.
I also utilize REBT techniques in my executive coaching. Based on my corporate training when I was in the business world, I also proved business and executive coaching to some of my clients. According to Sherin and Caiger (2004), coaching from a REBT perspective is often referred to as rational-emotive behavior coaching and involves reframing the coaching context “to avoid the potentially negative connotation it may evoke for executives, who may be uncomfortable at being characterized as irrational thinkers” (p. 227). Lastly, some researchers have advanced theories that incorporate CBT, but there remains a lack of strong empirical in support of specific peer-reviewed literature that validates formal biblical integration. However, a manualized description of Religiously Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (RCBT) has been developed. Pearce at al., (2015) contend that they have succeeded, through RCBT, in offering and unique integrated approach for the chronically ill with spiritual beliefs.
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Sherin, J. & Caiger, L. (2004). Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: A behavioral change model for executive coaching? Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 56(4), 225-233. Retrieved from https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1065-92220.127.116.11 Tan, S. Y. (2011). Counseling and psychotherapy: A Christian perspective.