ORTHODOX PSYCHOTHERAPY: THE SCIENCE OF THE FATHERS BY METROPOLITAN HIEROTHEOS VLACHOS OF NAFPAKTOS TRANSLATED BY ESTHER WILLIAMS
This book contains the important message that the church can heal an ailing personality. The term "Orthodox Psychotherapy" does not refer to specific cases of people suffering from the psychological problems of neurosis. Rather it refers to all people.
According to Orthodox Tradition, after Adam's fall man became ill; his "nous" was darkened and he lost communion with God. Death entered into the person's being and caused many anthropological, social, and even ecological problems. In the tragedy of his fall man maintained the image of God within him but lost completely the the likeness of Him, since his communion with God was disrupted. However, the incarnation of Christ and the work of the Church; aim at enabling the person to attain to the likeness of God, that is to reestablish communion with God. This passage away from a fallen state to divinization is called the healing of the person, because it is connected with his return from a state of being contrary to nature, to that of a state according to nature and above nature.
By adhering to Orthodox therapeutic treatment as conceived by the Holy Fathers of the Church, man can cope successfully with his thoughts (logismoi) and thus solve his problems completely and comprehensively.