Psychological Care Provided by the Church: Perceptions of Christian Church Members Academic Article uri icon


  • Spirituality and religion are integral parts of a person's belief system and support network. Although there are many avenues a person can take when seeking mental health care, conservative Protestant clients have a tendency to seek assistance through their church. There is a paucity of literature about conservative Protestant church members perceptions of mental health care. The authors used phenomenology to understand participants perceptions of mental health care provided by the church. Themes found within participants stories included the importance of the relationship when seeking care, the use of knowledgeable practitioners, and the use of religious practices in counseling.

published proceedings

  • Counseling and Values

author list (cited authors)

  • Bornsheuer, J. N., Henriksen, R. C., & Irby, B. J.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Bornsheuer, Jennifer N||Henriksen, Richard C||Irby, Beverly J

publication date

  • October 2012