What is a Christian Therapist?

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Christian therapy, also known as spiritual therapy and Christian counseling, blends the religion and the ideals of medicine to strengthen mental well-being and relationships. More importantly, this therapeutic approach uses scripture and divine teaching to help you cope with life’s struggles.  

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. Proverbs 15:22

The fact is, when you’re in the middle of life-threatening incidents like the death of a loved one or a friend, loss of job, failing health, financial challenges, or relationship issues, good and enduring faith might be exactly what’s missing from your existence.  

The overall aim of Christian therapy is to help Christians recognize actions that are conflicting with God’s teachings so that they will become more likely to follow God’s will. Christian therapists agree that the Bible is the definitive guide to how people, particularly Christians, can think and act. In other words, this holy book is considered as the only reality.   

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1thesalonians 5:11    

What are the problems that Christian Therapists address?

Christian therapy aims to use the values of faith and therapeutic instruction to help people properly handle and/or overcome any problems in their lives. More importantly, these mental health providers not only identify but also recognize and manage mental disorders. They also give people the capacity to cope so that they can properly relate to any changes in their lives.    

What are the aims of Christian therapists?

As described above, Christian therapists work with a wide range of problems, so clients have a wide range of expectations, ranging from transition issues to mental illness.  

Mentioned here are a few of the most popular therapy problems and objectives:    

Conquer Marriage Issues 

Christian advice places a great deal of value on the sacrament of marriage. When a couple enters into a marriage, they commit their lives to love and honor for each other. In the Christian religion, divorce is not seen as an alternative, but couples are urged to work together on any issues with their marriage counselor rather than breaking up their relationships.    

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. Proverbs 19:20            

The fact is, there can be a lot of issues in marriage. Also, these issues will have a significant impact on the relationship. Some common marital issues include infidelity, relationship difficulties, lack of privacy, addiction, and confrontation. The aim of Christian therapy is, therefore, to help couples fix their broken relationships.           

Counter Parental Issues      

 Although gratifying, it’s not easy to raise children. As a parent, you’re going to experience a lot of ups and downs, joys and frustrations – that’s normal.

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. Proverbs 13:24

 In reality, there will be occasions where your child’s life is incredibly difficult, which is where Christian therapy may come into action.                

This will help you on your parenting journey. However, suppose the parental challenges are more significant or severe, such as psychiatric illness, physical illness, intellectual disabilities, abuse, eating disorders, or developmental challenges. In that case, you may be referred to a therapist or counselor. 

Christian therapy will also be very helpful if you are struggling to determine what your child requires or if you feel frustrated by the obligations that surround parenting. This therapist will show you strategies that can help you cope with parental stresses.              

 Help for problems of mental well-being        

It’s hard enough to get a mental disorder without having to cope with it yourself. Therapy supports those with mental disorders by giving words of encouragement and emotional intelligence.

It is vital to note that those with mental illness – such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder – often have poorer self-esteem and self-acceptance than those without mental illness. In Christian therapy, you learn how to recognize that you are a Child of God, much like anyone else. It is this awareness that gives you that much-needed warmth and faith when you need it most.                

Recovery from Sadness & Death        

The death and loss of your loved one are tragic, and the mourning process can feel never-ending. But, as a Christian, this is the best moment to rely more heavily on God to help you get through this taxing moment. But occasionally, the sorrow is too great to locate the Light of Heaven.           

In the case of death, those left behind are stuck in present emotional trauma, feeling on what will happen next. In this case, Christian therapy allows the bereaved to acknowledge death as a rest.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6          

 Healing from Misuse of Drug & Withdrawal        

It takes courage to get off addiction. But, acknowledging these addictions like narcotics, alcohol, and/or gambling is always the very first step in getting the treatment you need to turn your life around. Until you accept that you need assistance, a Christian therapist will provide you with the resources you need to kick your “habit.” 

Furthermore, Christian therapy may help you discover underlying problems that may lead to your addiction, such as childhood trauma, psychological, physical, or emotional violence, and low self-esteem.                

During Christian therapy sessions, you discover how important and precious you are in the presence of God. You realize, too, that you have the power to conquer your addiction. In addition, Christian therapists teaches you methods that will make you turn to God when you find yourself in problem instead of seeking help through illicit drugs or harmful actions.                

Strengthening your religion and your friendship with God

In today’s fast-paced, materialistic culture, it is possible to lose sight of your religion and get “caught up” in life’s everyday demands. For all these stressors, the confidence may be put aside. However, it is in these high-pressure days that you need your confidence more than ever before.                

Christian therapists recognize these struggles and are in a position to help you reconcile with God and your faith. They will give you useful techniques to use when you are in great need of help.  

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 

1Corinthians 10:13              

Who is to get Christian therapy?

Anyone who has personal or physical problems should follow Christian guidance. It is important to note that Christian therapy does not focus on a single crisis, complaint, or mental disorder, but rather on a wide variety of family, friendship, parent, emotional, and mental health problems. But instead of pursuing scientific or non-religious guidance on these topics, Christian therapy uses religion to help you overcome and cure them.   

Christian guidance help solve the following issues: 

Relationship, parental, and marital issues

How parents can balance child care and love life

Mental disorder or psychiatric impairment

Grievance and failure 

Weak target setting skills 

Poor self-esteem and trust

Bad trust or bad friendship with God 

Is Christian Therapy going to help me? 

Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war. Proverbs 20:18

Christian therapy can be particularly useful to Christians and to others who have good faith or belief (although you don’t have to be Christian before you can benefit from this holistic counseling approach). If you are dealing with dissatisfaction or friendship difficulties and can no longer deal with these matters on your own, Christian therapy would most certainly help you. 

In addition, if you have good faith and trust in God, you would most likely benefit from this form of counseling because it relies on biblical principles. Trust and faith can be strengthened through your knowledge of the Bible. You will be able to turn your life around and solve life problems by improving your relationship with God, and knowing Heaven’s commandments. 

Don’t be disappointed if it takes a minute to find the best counselor. It’s easier to take your time than to fall into the trap of a selfish therapist who will make your issues worse, instead of helping them. If you partner with a Christian psychologist who puts you at ease, you’ll get the best out of your therapy sessions. 

There is quite a number of data suggesting that stress levels are increasing around the globe. Mental wellbeing therapy is one of the treatment for alleviating such anxiety. 

Counseling falls in several aspects. Every approach has its merits and demerits. The most vital thing is to adapt the particular solution or therapy that best suit the situation that is to be resolved. We are all different, and the use of a proper intervention for the client is truly considered to be the “art of therapy.” 

From a Christian viewpoint, this personalized counseling would include including not just religious sources but also excerpts from Christ’s life and how He was able to deal with tough times and tough individuals.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Successful therapy avoids dwelling exclusively on perceived shortcomings and/or defects of the person. 

An effective therapist can draw on clients’ strengths to integrate previous persistence to techniques that have allowed the client to deal with previous tough times. These abilities would have been religiously based, and such individual must have relied on previous memories of Christian-focused prayer and related meditation and contemplation. Many Christian clients have affirmed that “God was their strength in time of trouble,” a refuge for them through life’s storms.

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2 

Christian therapy is unique in several respects. 

Approaching therapy with a non-judgmental and non-condemning approach, the therapist is guided not only by the ethics of his discipline but also by Christ’s ethics. The need to conform to the “higher power” of speaking and teach the values of Christ (Love, Kindness, Forgiveness) places the Christian therapist in a unique position as a counselor and demands the utmost integrity. You give your patients hope through Christ.

 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13

Psychotherapists have many challenges to tackle today. From scrutinizing the healthcare industry (insurance companies) to less inspired people. The difficulty of being a successful psychologist keeps many from joining the field and accelerates the exit of many. 

Christian therapists are not resistant to the challenges of mainstream therapy today. Luckily, for many, building on their faith in these difficult times has not only kept many in the profession but has provided them with the opportunity to work with their clients in a more flexible and accommodating manner. 

Christian therapy can be a great opportunity for those who can bring their Christianity into the process of healing. 

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6

Getting extra spiritual support can not only provide the inner peace that so many lacks, but can provide direction and guidance on many of life’s major difficulties. 

Struggles and challenges in life may be numerous, but God can be a sanctuary for all who want shelter from the storms. 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

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