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Foreword: Toward a Unified Christian Psychology viii
Eric L. Johnson

Preface xii

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction 1
Nicolene L. Joubert

The European Movement for Christian Anthropology,
Psychology and Psychotherapy 7
Anna Ostaszewska

Section I: Anthropology

The Concept of Person as Anthropological Basis
for Christian Psychology and Psychotherapy 14
Romuald Jaworski – Poland

Applying Whole Person Principles in Healthcare –
Assessment and Diagnosis of the Whole Person 29
Mike Sheldon – United Kingdom

Relationship with God and with Others: The Role of Personality 48
Olena Yaremko – Ukraine

Ecotherapy within a Creationist Approach 65
Francesco Cutino – Italy

Section II: Spirit/Theology

The Gap between Spirit and Psyche: The Psychospiritual Faculties 82
Mar Alvarez and Montserrat Lafuente – Spain

The Terms Spirituality and Spiritual in Russian Orthodox Doctrine –
Their Meaning for Psychotherapy 99
Andrey Lorgus – Russia

God – The Forgotten Defender 113
Krzysztof Wojcieszek – Poland

Section III: Psychology

Christian Psychology: Integrating Christian Spiritual Beliefs
into Therapeutic Processes 128
Nicolene Joubert – South Africa

The Synergy Paradigm in Christian Psychology 147
Zenon Uchnast – Poland

Characteristics of a Christian Psychology, Demonstrated
by the Example of Forgiveness 166
Wolfram Soldan – Germany

Section IV: Psychotherapy

Integrative Psychotherapy: A Christian Approach 186
Anna Ostaszewska – Poland

Face and Image in Christian Psychotherapy 206
Elena Strigo – Russia

Emotional Chaos Theory and the Emergence of Personal Identity:
A Positive Psychology that Complements Christian Anthropology 219
Trevor Griffiths – United Kingdom

Therapy of Religious Clients with Guilt and Sin Feelings
in Christian Orthodox Psychology 245
Olga Krasnikova – Russia

Longing for the Father – Father Wound in Christian Therapy 261
Saara Kinnunen – Finland

Setting Boundaries in a Dialogical Way 278
Werner May – Germany

List of Contributors and Biographies 297

Books of EMCAPP-Friends, published 2014-15

Saara Kinnunen (Finland): Reconciliation with Life (in Finnish). Perussanoma 2014.


Saara Kinnunen, who holds a Master´s degree in both in Philosophy and Political Science, is a Social Psychologist and a Psychotherapist. Her book Reconciliation with Life integrates in one volume aspects of Christian faith, several theories in the field of psychotherapy and a thorough clinical experience in both psychotherapy and Christian counseling.

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BookprasentationThis book by Trevor Griffiths explains why Stephen Hawkins will never be able to develop a ‘Theory of Everything’, because first physics needs a ‘Theory of Everyone’. Thinking and feeling have to be parts of such theories…

Building Bridges of Grace: The strength and resilience of an emotionally intelligent Church

tells the story how understanding triune principles opens a new World beyond the arguments between traditional Christian religions: Eastern Orthodox; Roman Catholic; Reformed Protestant. It gives a scientific basis for both a secular and a spiritual call to safe reconciliation in this new Millennium. A new world order can emerge by triune prayer.

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Integrative Psychotherapy, a Christian Approach (in Polish), 2015

by Anna Ostaszewska (Poland)


In the concept impress with a lucid, coherent and systematic exploration of the interface between integrative psychotherapy and spirituality in which she distinguish between healthy and unhealthy spirituality.

The author made a reasoned and substantial case for the assimilation of spirituality into her approach to integrative psychotherapy which neither compromises her faith nor the profession of psychotherapy. This is a commendable achievement. The capacity to speak with authority to both worlds is rare in my experience. (Kenneth Evans)

Olga Krasnikova “Loneliness” (in Russian) Nikea, 2015. (“Personal Bookprasentationgrowth” book series)

Olga Krasnikova — counseling  psychologist,  psychology lecturer,  the head of the psychological center “Sobesednik”,  rector assistant of Moscow ICP.

The book is dedicated to the problem of loneliness.

The “solo” way of life is  widespread today. But Olga Krasnikova’s book is not about formally lonely existence which, by the way, can be  comfortable. It is about deep loneliness. About the broken communication of a person with other people, with the world , and first of all – with himself. This dissonance can occur at any time, in bitter and joyful circumstances, and even in quite safe family life background. It is impossible to to overcome the feeling of senselessness and emptiness, reestablish the lost communication until the person adjusts the dialogue with himself, accepting his existential loneliness.

It is amazing how many of us avoid  meeting with themselves. What is that we don’t accept in ourselves or are afraid of? The quiet and wise book of Olga Krasnikova helps us to understand it.

Olga Krasnikova “Delays and unfulfilled promises”(in Russian), Nikea 2014 (“Personal growth” book series)
There are people who are always late. And there are those who always come in time and become nervous when they are forced to wait. There are fans of promise, but  not its performing. Others, on the contrary, are trying to keep their word and demand the same from others. Anyway, we are suffering from delays and unfulfilled promises – our own or others, so the book  by the psychologist Olga Krasnikova applies to absolutely everyone. After reading it, you can understand why some people are so hard to come in time, and learn how to minimize the damage caused by their own or someone else carelessness and perhaps become a little more tolerant.

Werner May, Anleitungen zum Staunen. Sich im Geheimnis verwurzeln. IGNIS-Edition, Kitzingen , 2014

(Instructions for astonishment. Becoming rooted in mystery. In German.)


Astonishment keeps you young. Because children are astonished. We capture something of being a child again when we are astonished: spontaneous or carefree reactions, all that is natural to children, become available to us as adults.

Being astonished motivates us to want to know more about what we are astonished by. We notice there is still much for us to experience. Space for experience opens up surprisingly and therefore with freshness.

Being astonished awakens in us a fundamental sense of something greater or more significant, tends to draw us up beyond ourselves. This not only motivates us, but also makes us more humble, more ready to receive.