Is Christian Counseling for Me?
Christian counseling is a form of therapy that combines biblical principles and psychology. Are you seeking connection with God but feel separated, stuck, or confused about what to believe anymore? Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, or problems with your marriage? Are you trying to understand both spiritual and psychological issues at the same time? Christian counseling may be what you need.
What is Christian Counseling?
Christian counseling is not the same as meeting with a pastor or a Bible teacher. Pastors offer pastoral counseling that deals strictly with the spiritual aspect of your life. Bible teachers are experts of biblical languages, history, and theology. Christian counseling is different because it is a tool to help you understand how your mind and spirit intersect. When the mind and spirit are in harmony and work together your experience of life is often greatly enhanced. However, many times the mind and spirit work against each other creating significant internal conflict.
If you have been experiencing anxiety or depression you may have the belief (or have been told) that “you should trust God more and you won’t be anxious.” Or worse, because you’re depressed it means that you don’t have faith. These thoughts and statements often lead to sadness and isolation. More often, however, these thoughts lead to feelings of failure and a belief that you aren’t connected to God.
How a Christian Counselor Can Help
Christian Counseling looks at how dysfunctional thoughts and thinking patterns negatively affect your spiritual well being. A Christian counselor has a real understanding of practicing Christianity in a complicated world with complicated circumstances and emotions. God created both spirit and mind. They are not meant to be opposites, therefore it is important to look at how they both work together as well as how they both work against each other. Christian Counseling teaches you how your faith principles (gratitude, forgiveness, perseverance, mercy, grace, compassion, love, integrity, faithfulness) can help you through emotional psychological difficulties.
- Sexual struggles
- Spiritual abuse
- LGBT and Christianity