Healing Problems of Intimacy by Clients’ Use of Gospel-Based Values and Role Definitions

A review of eight people accepted for counseling shows they sought more than moderation of symptoms or minimal control of problem behavior. Because of their values, they expected to achieve thorough and lasting change. To disregard this would have been an inadequate response to their needs. By open acknowledgment of values, client and therapist committed themselves to very specific outcomes. By resorting to role definitions based on those values, subjectivity was diminished in measuring outcome.

This report would be incomplete and seriously inaccurate if a central spiritual observation were not reported. Seven of the eight were hungering and thirsting for relief of their distress. To each of them, the gospel of Christ provided justification to engage in the strenuous tasks of change. At crucial times, priesthood ordinances and covenants stiffened resolve. On occasion, the Spirit whispered encouragement as they learned to take responsibility for change. That they found the strength to persevere was due, I believe, to an ever-growing faith in their Redeemer.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 26:1
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