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What Is Christian Counseling?

Even people of faith go through crises in their lives. In fact, it is in these crises that faith is often tested. However, having faith doesn’t mean having to handle difficult times in one’s life alone. Increasingly, people are turning to an often effective source of help known as Christian counseling.

Christian counseling is the marriage of Christian values with current therapeutic techniques. That is not to say that other counselors cannot share the same values, but that Christian counselors are specifically versed in the teachings of the Bible and how they can be used along with our current understanding of the human psyche and how it functions in order to help those in need. Those who pursue help through counseling can rest assured that all the techniques of a properly licensed Christian counselor are Biblically based and rooted in the word of the Lord, while still giving respect to modern ideas of human behavior, development and conflict resolution.

How It  Works?

Christian counselors are specially trained to counsel along the ideas of Biblically based human behavior and problem-solving. A qualified counselor is highly educated, with at least a college degree and often much higher education, and trained to help with a wide variety of problems that an individual may face. Christian counselors may even have special certification in areas such as domestic abuse, marriage and family counseling and counseling with children.

Who Are Christian Counselors?

Christian counselors may be Ministers, but they may also be doctors, lawyers, therapists or teachers. Anyone who has a desire to provide faith-based support and is willing to take on the education and training necessary to provide that support in a modern counseling environment can become a Christian counselor and can be very effective as a counselor. If you are not entirely comfortable with the first Christian counselor that you meet with, he or she should have no problem connecting you with another counselor with whom you might be more comfortable.

Who Can Benefit from Christian Counseling?

Anyone who believes in the Christian values by which they were raised, but is suffering without a context against which to understand and cope with modern problems can be helped with this type of counseling. The Bible can offer great solace and support, but the Bible does not always address the complexities of modern life and of the modern psyche and counselors can help bridge this gap. One does not need to be Christian to benefit from such counseling. Christian counselors are trained to give help to people from all walks of life. However, many people who were raised in a Christian household are naturally suspicious of any counselor that does not take the form of a Priest or other member of the clergy. Christian counseling provides a place that these individuals can go where they know they can meet and discuss their problems with someone they can trust, someone who understands their particular needs and concerns as a member of the Christian faith.