Love, Desire and Spiritual Counseling – Therapists and Counselors in Franklin, MA

The scriptures say, “God is love”. They also say that between faith, hope and love, the greatest of all three is love. However, can love and/or desire ever be detrimental to us? Do they vary in the ways that they affect us? Are love and desire the same thing? As with other emotions, the difference between whether emotions are helpful or harmful depends on who is defining them?

There are various types of love:

  • The warm affection a parent has for a child,
  • Sexual love and desire,
  • Brotherly love and friendship,
  • And, the unconditional, sacrificial love, often attributed to God.

However, can love or ever hurt us? They can when we feel betrayed or abandoned from someone they love or, when we desire something we can’t have. But the love that people close give us can also bring meaning to life and provide the comfort we need during difficult times.

The link below connects to a class taught by Dr. Handel. In this video, Dr. Handel uses scripture and actual case studies to explore the connection between love and desire from a spiritual perspective. This teaching explores how faith can help us understand the various types of love and how we can experience the unconditional, sacrificial love which can also enhance our experience of God.

Dr. Handel is a licensed psychologist and ordained minister. He is also the Clinical Director and owner of Thriveworks Franklin. At Thriiveworks Franklin, there are therapists who have studied the interactive effects of faith and spirituality on our everyday lives. They understand that supporting people experiencing life changing events or dealing with traumatic times, require them to see the whole person: spiritually, emotionally, behaviorally and mentally. Contact a therapist at Thriveworks Franklin to see if they can help you. You can schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks Franklin therapist by calling 617-360-7210. Why not make an appointment today?

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