What is Faith-Based / Christian Counseling?
“The antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own
cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God’s guidance.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
What is faith-based / Christian counseling?
The process of therapy is essentially the same in Christian counseling as in other counseling but the tools used in the process may be different. How exactly the incorporation of spiritual beliefs into the counseling experience will function may vary from client to client and from therapist to therapist. Some clients really want little more than to know their therapist shares their same belief system. Others have specific spiritual issues related to their emotional symptoms and want to be able to process those in session with another person of the same faith system. At times clients may want to discuss Scripture or prayer. The client is the best person to determine how much and in what way spiritual beliefs are incorporated into his or her therapy.
What is unique about a faith-based therapist’s approach?
Christian counselors operate from the premise that all people are made in the image of God. Because of this they are unique in their (1) ability to manage themselves and their environment, (2) capacity think rationally and morally, and (3) desire to relate to one another and to God. Christian therapists’ goals are often centered around these beliefs. Through the gentle sharing of spiritual Truth, Christian counselors hope to help clients discover and correct flaws in their thinking.
Is faith-based counseling for me?
For clients with strong spiritual beliefs who want those beliefs to be incorporated into their counseling experience, a counselor who shares the client’s same worldview may be very important. This is important because spiritual beliefs often address some of the same issues that therapists address during counseling, such as emotions and patterns of thinking, behaving, and relating to one another.