RESEARCH INTERESTS

…found on the borderline between psychology and theology

Although he is best known for his work on youth identity crisis, Victor Counted is often found as an interdisciplinary voice on the borderline between theology and psychology. His current research project examines the dynamics of place spirituality and quality of life in Australia. His research focuses on the role of real and imagined relationships with others (particularly with attachment figures such as parents, romantic partners, close friends, or other non-traditional attachment surrogates like God and place) in religion, psychotherapy, and mental health. An interdisciplinary researcher, Victor is committed to contributing to the study of Psychology of Religion and Spiritual Care, and more broadly, to the dialogue between theology and science. 

Victor is interested in how psychology and theology can be applied to understand the lived experiences of different diaspora, minority, and youth populations in Europe, Africa, and Australia. His research interests fuse around issues related to:

  • THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

Looking at how religious experiences and the spirituality of religious believers can be interpreted from psychology and psycho-biology. 

  • THEOLOGY OF SPIRITUAL THERAPIES

Exploring different theologically and biblically based principles for spiritual care and Christian counselling.

  • RELIGION, PLACE, AND ATTACHMENT

Exploring the role of place attachment in religion, and investigating place as the product of an emotional attachment to God which involves a process of interaction that facilitates the interplay of exploration of place and attachment to a Divine attachment figure. 

  • RELATIONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS AND SPIRITUALITY

Exploring ways in which spirituality can be conceptualised as a relational process between the supernatural and the religious believer using psychoanalytic theory.

  • ATTACHMENT THEORY

Contributing to John Bowlby’s attachment theory by exploring various ways in which human religious behaviors can be interpreted through the framework of attachment.

  • AUTHENTICITY THEORY AND IDENTITY

Exploring identity formation, faith development, and self-hood through the idea of staying true to self in personality psychology.

  • AFRICAN DIASPORA QUALITY OF LIFE AND MENTAL HEALTH

Exploring the different ways in which the African diaspora negotiates their quality of life in relation to their physical health, environmental health, psychological health, and social relationships. 

  • MIGRATION AND SPIRITUALITY

Exploring the possible links between migration and spirituality within different diaspora and refugee contexts.

  • RELIGIOUS PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

Exploring religious themes and behaviors relevant to understanding religious abnormal behaviors.   

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