094 – Dr. Matthew Breuninger and Larry Freeney on Defining a Catholic Psychotherapy

What is a Catholic Psychotherapy? How does it influence practice and research?

Joining me on the show today to answer those questions are Dr. Matthew Breuninger, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of Teaching Excellence at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Mr. Larry Freeney, Lead Parish Counselor and Associate Director of Education and Assessments at Rejoice Counseling Apostolate in Houston, TX. They both serve on the task committee of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association to develop a new professional journal called Integratus: The Journal of Catholic Psychotherapy.

In today’s episode, we talk about the different levels of integrating faith with psychotherapy, the importance of language and how the Catholic intellectual tradition often has different meanings for words and constructs than those used in secular psychology. The importance of love as the central marker of understanding a Catholic psychotherapy. And the need for an academic journal that gives space for this type of research and inquiry.

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Websites mentioned in the show:

Catholic Psychotherapy Association
Franciscan University Psychology Department
Rejoice Counseling Apostolate

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