Victor Counted is interested in the sociology and psychology of religion, and in particular the role and theology of spiritual care. With empirical research experience in Africa, Europe, and Australia, Victor’s research examines the role of real, imagined relationships in religion, psychotherapy, and mental health.
As an interdisciplinary voice, Victor is found on the borderline between theology and psychology, with research interests fusing around issues related to:
Looking at how religious experiences and the spirituality of religious believers can be interpreted from psychology and psycho-biology.
Exploring different theologically and biblically based principles for spiritual care and Christian counselling.
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.
Exploring ways in which spirituality can be conceptualised as a relational process between the supernatural and the religious believer using psychoanalytic 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.
Exploring identity formation, faith development, and self-hood through the idea of staying true to self in personality psychology.
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.
Exploring the possible links between migration and spirituality within different diaspora and refugee contexts.
Exploring religious themes and behaviors relevant to understanding religious abnormal behaviors.