The Hope Theory

The Hope Theory

Vernessa F. Ducre

Liberty University


The Hope Therapy model is much like the Cognitive-Behavioral theory while modeling the Psycho-dynamic concepts incorporated within the Christian worldview. The goal of the Hope Therapy is to incorporate doctrines of the Christian worldview into the counseling practice. It also draws from usual theories of psychology and also remains open to a vast assortment of spiritual world views. The mixture of psychotherapy and a spiritual world view has been confirmed to be successful in resolving complicated life issues.


In this paper it is my objective to put in plain words how the Hope Theory combines free will and the Cognitive Behavior Therapy method of treatment. Evidence will be offered to prove that we do in fact have a free will and the ability to choose how we feel.   The client will be able to comprehend that he or she must choose to implement constructive behavior instead of negativity.
      According to Willbaum, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the premise that our thoughts, actions, and feelings are all connected.   CBT has been confirmed to be extremely successful in decreasing anxiety, depression and other negative emotional states, a trained therapist becomes a mirror image to the client’s character, however does not influence a client into doing something in opposition to his or her will. Neither is a therapist compelled to change his or her worldview to go with that of his or her client.   For this reason, it is imperative to know one's personal morals and spiritual value system inside the counseling setting.   A therapist must first master his or her own beliefs and values in order to help others master their own.  If a therapist exposes his or her spirit to a conflicting or adverse worldview while attempting to heal is absurd....