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Integrated Christian Counseling: Questioning Irrational Beliefs

by, Dr. Brian Campbell

 

 


 

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

Students:


I have been teaching you a model of integration that focuses on the concept of BELIEFS.  In past lessons, I have demonstrated the concept of cognitive refutation--the process of "arguing against" an irrational belief by means of the Truth contained in the scriptures.  Another way to challenge irrational beliefs is to call them into question.  "Questioning" is also one form of "confrontation" that McMinn mentions in his text.

 

 

 

The Process of Integrated Christian Counseling 

 

Integration
/       \
 Psychology    Theology

\       /

BELIEFS
|
Idenify 
|
Challenge 
/              \
Cognitive Refutations  Questioning
|
Replace
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The Truth Sets You Free

 

 

Questioning helps clients "put things in perspective" and break up false beliefs.  Before I die, I intend to write a book entitled, "Perspective."  As I get older, I see that keeping a proper perspective on life is a key to mental health. 

 

I have developed a clinical too to help call irrational beliefs into question.  After the clinician has helped the client identify a "toxic" belief, the client enters the faulty belief into the form and then proceeds to identify questions that call the belief into question.  I frequently use this type of questioning in my counseling.  You might also want to use this form for yourself.  It really helps to "break up" irrational beliefs/lies.  It also helps you keep things in proper perspective.

 

Clinical Tool:  Questioning Your Beliefs

 

This tool can also be found at the bottom of the website page under the heading "Clinical Tools."