Clinical applications of attachment to God theory.
Since God has been conceptualised as an ideal attachment figure, there is emerging research demonstrating that a secure attachment to God is associated with lower levels of symptoms of Axis I and Axis II disorders. These results suggest that it may be helpful to address spiritual attachment in therapy. Attachment themes are explicitly incorporated into Jeffrey Young’s Schema Therapy and Katherine Shear’s suggested intervention for complicated grief. This paper proposes a modification of Schema Therapy, incorporating insights from Shear’s model of grief, and including insights from recent theorising about attachment to God.
The process of Spiritually Modified Schema Therapy is described by means of a case study where the client exhibited symptoms of anxiety and complicated grief. As a result of the case analysis implications for theory, research and practice are outlined.
Conflict of Interest: None disclosed Financial Support/Funding: None disclosed Recorded: Sydney, Australia, July 2008