Imago Dei Psychotherapy
A Catholic Conceptualization

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Imago DeiPsychotherapy (IDP) is applicable to the full spectrum of mental illness, including the mood disorders, psychoses, obsessive-compulsions, as well as marital, familial, and gender-sexual issues. But unlike status quo psychotherapy, IDP understands that these disorders have an essential moral basis (cognitive, volitional, and emotional), and that while physiological and social factors may be highly impactive they are not determinative.

Imago Dei means image of God. Created in this image, the human person has a nature that can be understood in accord with universal attributes and laws, yet always retains a sublime mystery that is to be revered.

Imago DeiPsychotherapy is the first and only psychotherapy to fully locate the science of psychology within a traditional Christian understanding of the nature of the human person. IDP views the human person as a moral agent who is called to assent to the truth and love the good.

IDP seeks to restore the image of God, that is, a person's reason and volition, when that image has been distorted by mental and emotional factors.

Telephonic Sessions and Video Calls, in addition to conventional visits, are utilized by therapants (patients) from around the country to avail themselves of the unique IDP process. Therapant's often augment the telephonic sessions with a few days of intensive onsite clinical sessions.

Mental Health is defined by IDP as the ability to perceive, receive, reflect on, and act upon the real. Reality is itself understood as being, and emanates from the Supreme Being that is God.

IDP is a life changing process that calls upon a person to courageously encounter the reality of both his authentic self and the world.This is done by excising or transcending that which impedes such an encounter. Furthermore, IDP challenges a person to live in accord with reality by making concrete cognitive and behavioral changes.