If you’re a Christian, you may have unique concerns about finding a therapist whose values line up with your own. But even more than having shared values, Christian therapy focuses on a different source of your power: your faith in Christ.
Secular counseling ignores the power of Christ and turns to the world for comforting sources instead. While these may be effective, you’re likely to find Christian counseling to be much more powerful.
Dr. Judy E. Vansiea of Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services in Uniondale, New York, explains more about the differences between Christian counseling and secular counseling.
Christian counseling vs. secular counseling
Christian counseling keeps the focus on your identity in Christ. Furthermore, Christian counseling is rooted in biblical principles, which ensures that your recovery will be on the right track for your life.
By contrast, secular counseling teaches you to find faith in yourself rather than God. While this can be appropriate for those who aren’t striving to grow as a Christian, it’s lacking an essential component.
Specific areas Christian counseling can benefit
Christian counseling uses the foundations of Christianity along with the best techniques of traditional counseling to help you grow. Some of the things we can treat with Christian counseling include:
- Substance abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Career challenges
Christian counseling seeks to help you reach your goals, both spiritually and personally.
Faith-based counseling goes beyond your church community
You may already be a member of a church community, which strengthens and deepens your faith. But faith-based counseling is more specifically focused on you and your needs.
While your pastor or priest may offer short consulting sessions, they aren’t as qualified to delve into your past issues and help you find solutions.
Other ways Christian counseling differs from secular counseling
Christian counseling ultimately looks at your problems in light of your faith. Whether you feel like you’re losing your faith or struggling in your relationship, the solution — and your strength — can often be found in God.
Keep in mind that Christian counseling doesn’t discount the effectiveness of what modern medicine has to offer. You can take medication and still seek counseling, for example. Christian counseling encourages and empowers based on the Bible that with God all things are possible. Also, Christian counseling explores the Bible and teachings that may not be clear if one is wrestling with their faith in God.
Further, Christian counseling doesn’t just encourage you to pursue your happiness as the end goal of therapy, although you should become happier. We work together to fulfill your spiritual goals as well as ensure they’re in line with God’s will. The focus is improving your spiritual growth and development while allowing God to lead.
Christian counseling seeks to bring you peace
God’s forgiveness, mercy, and unconditional love can set you free and help you to live your life in a whole new and fulfilling way. You can find healing and hope from your problems when you put God first.
Let Dr. Judy E. Vansiea of Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services guide you to a better future with Christian counseling. Contact her by phone or via online booking to request an appointment to get started.