Siang-Yang Tan

Christian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

Senior Professor of Psychology Siang-Yang Tan, joined by other scholars, explores the integration of the disciplines of counseling and psychotherapy with Spirit-led Christian faith.

“The ultimate goal of life and also of Christian counseling is holiness, in becoming more like Christ.”

Siang-Yang Tan
Siang-Yang Tan

Siang-Yang Tan on Perspectives on Faith and Psychology

In his lecture “A Christian Perspective on Human Nature and Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Siang-Yang Tan explores various perspectives on the integration of Christian faith and psychology, while emphasizing that maturity in Christ is always the ultimate goal. WATCHMigration in Missiological Perspective

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Sean Love

Response | Sean Love on Therapy as Movement Toward God

In response to Siang-Yang Tan’s lecture “A Christian Perspective on Human Nature and Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Sean Love speaks about therapy as one way of helping clients in their growth and movement toward God. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Brede Parker

Response | Brede Parker on Relational Anthropology

In response to Siang-Yang Tan’s lecture “A Christian Perspective on Human Nature and Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Brede Parker speaks about relationships as a necessary element of human life and experience. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Q&A | Siang-Yang Tan, Sean Love, and Brede Parker

Siang-Yang Tan, Sean Love, and Brede Parker discuss therapy, relationships, and spiritual growth in a Q&A moderated by Brad Strawn. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Siang-Yang Tan on Implicit and Explicit Integration

In his lecture “Implicit and Explicit Integration in Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Siang-Yang Tan looks at covert and overt approaches to integrating spiritual issues in therapy—while stressing the ethical responsibility and clinical sensitivity required for both. WATCHMigration in Missiological Perspective

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Ahmi Lee

Response | Ahmi Lee on Preachers and Christian Therapists

In response to Siang-Yang Tan’s lecture “Implicit and Explicit Integration in Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Ahmi Lee reflects on the commonalities between preaching and Christian counseling as well as how they partner in speaking truth into and building up the body of Christ. WATCHMigration in Missiological Perspective

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Abbey Craigg

Response | Abbey Craigg on Integration

In response to Siang-Yang Tan’s lecture “Implicit and Explicit Integration in Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Abbey Craigg reflects on the task of integrating faith and therapy, resistsing the distinctions between implicit and explicit approaches. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Q&A | Siang-Yang Tan and Ahmi Lee

Siang-Yang Tan and Ahmi Lee discuss the role of the Christian psychologist in the church and the risks of religious abuse in counseling in a Q&A moderated by Brad Strawn. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Siang-Yang Tan on the Holy Spirit and Christian Counseling

In his lecture “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Siang-Yang Tan reflects on the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit and on the different ways the Spirit’s work is crucial in Christian counseling. WATCHMigration in Missiological Perspective

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Oscar Garcia Johnson

Response | Oscar García-Johnson on the Spirit at Work

In response to Siang-Yang Tan’s lecture “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Oscar García-Johnson shares about the ways the Spirit works in all kinds of circumstances and, often, “behind the scenes.” WATCHMigration in Missiological Perspective

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Emilie Noah

Response | Emilie Noah on Vulnerability, Risk, and Liberation

In response to Siang-Yang Tan’s lecture “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Emilie Noah speaks about the vulnerable moments between therapists and clients that bring about connection, healing, and liberation. WATCHMigration in Missiological Perspective

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Q&A | Siang-Yang Tan, Oscar García-Johnson, and Emilie Noah

Siang-Yang Tan, Oscar García-Johnson, and Emilie Noah discuss the Holy Spirit’s work in Christian counseling in a Q&A moderated by Brad Strawn. WATCHMigration in Missiological Perspective

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integration symposium

Fuller’s School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy’s 2021 Integration Symposium featured Senior Professor of Psychology Siang-Yang Tan, who reflected on the theme “A Christian Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy: Christ-Centered, Biblically Based, and Spirit-Filled.”