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Spirituality, Religion, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

A Guide for Clinicians

David H. Rosmarin

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Spirituality and religion are powerful forces in many people's lives, yet they are usually relegated to the periphery of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) research and practice. This highly practical, nonsectarian book describes how to identify and work with psychologically relevant facets of spirituality in the context of evidence-based treatment. David H. Rosmarin draws on cutting-edge theory and research to provide clear guidelines for conceptualizing positive and negative aspects of spirituality pertaining to common clinical concerns. Concrete examples throughout the book illustrate collaborative ways to harness spiritual beliefs and practices to help bring about cognitive, behavioral, and affective change. Four reproducible handouts can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8½“ x 11” size.

“David Rosmarin addresses highly relevant yet often overlooked questions for graduate students, researchers, and clinicians regarding the integration of religion and spirituality into CBT psychotherapy in a comprehensive yet succinct manner….Throughout the book, Rosmarin provides a well-structured and a well-written amalgamation of theory, research, and practice while addressing issues of religion and spirituality within a CBT framework….An essential read. The book is a useful guide informing secular and spiritual clinicians on how to address religion and spirituality in psychotherapy when working with patients of diverse faith traditions. Rosmarin delivers theoretically grounded and research-informed content in a manner that is clear, cohesive, and comprehensible. His approach to case conceptualization and treatment intervention make it a valuable practical resource for training graduate students, novice therapists, and/or seasoned clinicians.”

Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

“Rosmarin has done the field a real and significant service by beginning the task of filling the void in how CBT-oriented clinicians approach religion and spirituality. Since it would be easy to feel daunted by the enormity of the task, the book is fortunately a manageable length and written in an easy-to-digest format….Spirituality, Religion, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a highly readable, novel, and important text that serves to enhance the practice of clinicians by providing one more method for fully addressing the needs of those we serve. Doing so will also allow clinicians to fully address the wide range of diverse practices and backgrounds of their clients.”

The Behavior Therapist

“Rosmarin’s book…is an insightful exploration of how the concepts in the book title are interrelated and can be understood in a synergistic fashion by clinicians to guide their clients as they participate in therapy.”

Journal of Child and Family Studies

“The well-structured discussion and the many helpful summaries (purchasers can download print-enlarged examples—a real incentive) make this a most timely and attractive work….Well-informed and convincing (and of real use not just in practice but in strategic planning for the future).”

Journal of Mental Health

“A masterful integration of spirituality into CBT. Filled with wisdom and practical tools, this book clearly describes not only why but also how religion and spirituality should be addressed in the context of CBT. Rosmarin’s work will be of tremendous value to both spiritually minded and secular therapists on the lookout for ways to broaden and deepen their clinical skills.”

—Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD, Department of Psychology (Emeritus), Bowling Green State University

“Spiritual and religious issues can have a significant impact on the etiology, prevention, and resolution of mental health problems, yet CBT clinicians have rarely been prepared to address even the most elementary spiritual issues that arise in psychotherapy. Rosmarin provides clinically, ethically, and scientifically sound guidance for CBT clinicians to understand and address this important component of health care that is so often bypassed in training.”

—William R. Miller, PhD, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry (Emeritus), University of New Mexico

“For many clients, religion and spirituality shape a wide range of their experiences and have a major impact on mental health. Regardless of the religiosity of a practitioner, neglecting spirituality in treatment is a serious oversight. Rosmarin has done a tremendous service to the field by providing guidance on how to work with religion and spirituality in evidence-based psychotherapy. Suitable for graduate students through to experienced professionals, this book is an important resource to aid clinicians in delivering interventions that cover the full range of life experiences.”

—Dean McKay, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, Fordham University; past president, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

“Evidence-based treatment has learned how to address almost any topic of significance to human beings, except one—religion and spirituality. This book has a simple message: it is time to end that silence. It crafts an evidence-based and practical approach for CBT practitioners to integrate issues of spirituality into their work. Relying on principles familiar to any behavior therapist, cognitive therapist, or third-wave therapist, Rosmarin opens a door therapists can walk through to delve into one of the most fundamental domains of human experience.”

—Steven C. Hayes, PhD, codeveloper of acceptance and commitment therapy; Foundation Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno

Table of Contents

Introduction. Why Address Spirituality in CBT?

I. Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Spirituality and CBT

1. Foundations of Spirituality, Religion, and CBT

2. Spirituality–Religion through a CBT Lens

3. The Dark Side of Spirituality

4. Applied Case Conceptualization

II. Techniques for Practicing Spiritually Integrated CBT

5. Getting Started: CBT Assessment of Patient Spirituality–Religion

6. Framing CBT with Spirituality–Religion

7. Spirituality–Religion and Cognitive Techniques

8. Spirituality–Religion and Behavioral Activation

Concluding Thoughts

Appendix. A Philosophical Approach to Spirituality and CBT

About the Author

David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital. He is also founder and director of the Center for Anxiety, a private practice with offices throughout metropolitan New York and in Boston. The author of more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications, editorials, and book chapters, Dr. Rosmarin is a clinical innovator and prolific researcher on spirituality and mental health who is widely cited in the media. Clinically, he provides behavior therapy for patients presenting with anxiety, affective, personality, psychotic, somatoform, and other disorders, while attending to relevant spiritual factors.


Clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health and pastoral counselors, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses.

Course Use

May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.