Description of my treatment as a Christian who became a Licensed Psychologist
Integration of Faith and Clinical Practice
Introduction To My Practice: I am trained as a Clinical Psychologist; I don't have a degree in pastoral or biblical counseling. I use evidence based practices, educating patients about the science behind the techniques, and discussing what would be most helpful. I disclose my Christian background on my website, professional profiles, and new patient forms. I leave it up to my patients to disclose their religious/spiritual beliefs and the role it plays in their journey. My approach is to develop a safe, trusting relationship and work towards healing changes.
Mental Health: Religion and spirituality can be helpful or harmful for how someone copes with emotional distress. I help patients to identify how depressed or anxious thoughts and behaviors influence their spiritual beliefs, practices, and relationships and vice versa.
Physical Health: Therapy with me can be a support to achieve whole person health. There are so many physical symptoms and health conditions that interfere with emotional, relational, and spiritual functioning. Knowing how psychological coping can impact physical health can enhance one’s coping with these conditions and improve quality of life.
Relationships With God and Others: Our relationship with God and with others influences our mental health and vice versa as well. Clinical psychotherapy is not the same as biblical or pastoral counseling. Therapy can also be used to identify and overcome relationship barriers and facilitate personal growth and healing. Patients are encouraged to talk with trusted church goers, lay leaders, or other local church leaders/pastors/priests as appropriate.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call or send me a note. I look forward to hearing from you ! - Dr. Melissa Soo Hoo
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