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Martin & Deidre Bobgan

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June Update

Dear Co-Laborers in Christ,

Observing the psychological counseling movement from its beginning after World War II, we have seen a phenomenon worth noting. At the beginning of the psychological counseling movement there were far fewer psychotherapies than today. The four main streams of psychotherapy—the forerunners of current psychotherapies—are the psychoanalytic (Sigmund Freud), behavioristic (B.F. Skinner), humanistic (Carl Rogers), and transpersonal (Roberto Assagioli). These four major psychological approaches and their many iterations and combinations were in conflict with one another during the early years. Each touted its own theories and techniques over all the others and often criticized the other approaches.

As the popularity of counseling psychology grew, more and more psychotherapies appeared on the scene. The Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change estimates that there are now about 500 different psychotherapies. Many of them overlap others and more combinations are on the horizon. As the number of psychotherapies proliferated, the criticisms diminished and fewer critical comparisons were made among competing therapies to the point that now criticism among and between the approaches is nearly extinct. Now each psychotherapeutic approach promotes its own means and methodologies without criticizing other approaches, even though many of the means and methods of the around 500 approaches often contradict one another.

Why did these psychotherapists stop criticizing approaches that are diametrically different from their own? The prime reason is because researchers became involved. Researchers exposed the dark side of the psychotherapies and revealed that, at best, psychotherapies produce only mild to moderate help, with the possibility of harm, and that no licenses or advanced degrees are needed to produce such help. The war between the researchers and practitioners continues on so that the “let’s hang together lest we hang alone” attitude prevails and drives the various psychotherapists to avoid criticizing each other’s approaches. They realize that they have a common enemy: researchers who investigate the claims of psychotherapy.

Thanks to those of you who know that the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit in the body of believers trumps any degrees, distinctions, or directions of psychotherapy. 

Martin and Deidre Bobgan

The Bobgans have spoken on psychology and Christianity at numerous conferences and churches and on radio and television. Together they have authored 21 books. Deidre  has also written Lord of the Dance: The Beauty of the Disciplined Life (Harvest House; EastGate).

Educational Background * Martin: University of Minnesota, B. A., B. S., M. A.; University of Colorado, Doctorate in Educational Psychology * Deidre: University of Minnesota, B. S.; University of California, M. A. in English.

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