When problems arise in life, everybody needs someone to talk to sometime. And in this modern world, there are more options than ever before. But maybe, instead of going to psychiatrists, a person may want to take a step back and find that Christian Counseling could be the right option.
There are similarities between Christian counseling and regular counseling. Both deal with helping people through problems in life, be it mental, emotional, spiritual or physical. Counselors often have master’s degrees or Ph Ds and years of experience in counseling as well. And most importantly, both types of counseling have benefited many people.
Christian Counseling, however, seeks to improve a person’s relationship with God and solve life’s problems by adhering to God’s will for each individual. The Bible is the primary instruction manual for a person to see how to live their life. It tells us what is right and what is wrong. A Christian counselor would take the message of the Bible and apply it to what is going wrong in their patient’s life. From there, they can see why certain things are wrong, and how to fix their lives to live according to the will of God.
Christian Counselors also seek to inspire their patients with the Word of God and help them live better lives, not just to resolve conflicts, but to be a better person. They look more at the whole picture of a person and their relationship with others as well as with God. They try to make those relationships stronger so that they can see a support system, and realize that they are not alone in their problems. Everyone can be inspired to be better and when fulfilling God’s will for them, they will not just improve their lives but will also be happier people for making those improvements.
Many therapists today focus much of their time with their patients looking deeper, for more hidden insecurities and problems. These therapists often believe that by medicating their patients their quality of life can improve. Not every problem can be treated with just a pill, it requires more than a mind altering drug or mood inhibitor for victorious living and Godly change to take place in a person’s life.
Christian Counselors do not use those methods. They work on building your faith and thus giving you a firm foundation on who you are and why God made you to be who you are.
When considering a counseling or therapy program because life has gotten too hard, or because you just are not feeling right with how things are working for you, think about seeing a Christian Counselor. Not only will you build a better relationship with God, you will also improve your faith and your demeanor when interacting with other people and hopefully you will achieve a better outlook on life. All things are possible with God’s help!
Dr. Paul E. McLaughlin