There is a perception that Christians are meant to have everything together and life is always full of joy. If you as a Christian are facing difficulty in life, it is simply because you are not praying enough, you are not close enough to God, or you are hiding a secret sin. However, this is a very harmful and false viewpoint. Christians are still humans who face struggles and stresses in daily life. When those struggles start to disrupt daily life, it is important to seek the help of a trained professional. This is when one may want to consider spiritual counseling.
Spiritual counseling incorporates a Christ-centered perspective in theories of personality and psychological development. In other words, this type of counseling examines both the psychological and the spiritual aspects of what you may be going through. This is not to say that this counseling depends entirely on God. As with secular therapy, your counselor will work with you to determine what you need and the best way to accomplish your goals. They will help you challenge and counter negative thoughts through conversation and assignments. Your counselor may also recommend medication, such as anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drugs if you are unable to control the symptoms of depression and anxiety alone.
As a spiritual counseling client, you need to realize that you must be willing to bring up topics with your counselor and receptive to advice based on Biblical teachings. While your counselor will do everything that they can, the success of each session is ultimately up to you.
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