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"Many secular therapists ... tackle ... stress and relationship problems, and send [patients] to a minister to deal with ... spiritual concerns. But to [Dr. Mary] Coady-Leeper, spirituality is an important part of therapy. 'Everybody has been influenced by religion to some extent,' said Coady-Leeper, a psychotherapist at Kairos Psychological in West Omaha. 'To ignore spirituality in therapy is to ignore an important part of a person's mind-set.' Many mental health care workers are beginning to see the value in allowing and even encouraging clients to talk about God.

"'Four years ago, there wasn't much out there in the way of training counselors about how to incorporate spirituality in therapy,' said Marlene Kuskie, a counseling and school psychology professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. 'Now there are a lot of seminars out there. Everyone is talking about it.'

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