Christian Counseling Dates Back Nearly 2,000 Years
The practice of Christian counseling dates back to the 1st Century, A.D., and is well-documented throughout the Bible’s New Testament. Today, it’s a therapeutic mental and spiritual approach that combines the benefits of faith and psychology based upon Biblical principles. Therapists that use Christian counseling methods utilize a wide variety of treatment methods. Some incorporate Scripture and Bible-based examples in an effort to guide their patients through life’s challenging times. Others assist the individual in applying his/her own set of spiritual beliefs to day to day decision making. All of us possess some type of spirituality. You don’t have to be a “religious” person to benefit form Christian based counseling. It’s been found that spiritual healing improves the health and well-being for many patients within both individual and group settings. Christian counseling emphasizes faith, values, moral beliefs and guiding principles, which are defined by a person’s:
- Compassion and caring for others
- Ability to love and be loved
- Servitude towards others including those within their community
- Sense of self-fulfillment
- Ability to experience and spread joy
When Might Christian Counseling be Beneficial?
When you or a loved one are faced with hardships, Christian counseling can be used to apply faith-based healing techniques to a wide-range of situations including:
- Low self-esteem
- Grief and loss
- Marital or other relationship issues
- Parenting guidance
- Feeling a spiritual void
- Mental health problems including anxiety and depression
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Social isolation
When people attempt to work through these life challenges on their own, oftentimes the pain and stress become too much to bear. Christian counseling is an effective way to connect you with a higher spiritual power or belief system in an effort to strengthen your ability to cope with and successfully overcome the issue(s) you face.
Christian Counseling to Address Marriage and Family Issues
When you or a loved one are ready to take a more spiritual and faith-based approach to your healing journey, the first step is to speak with a licensed Christian counselor. Many of the life challenges listed above involve marital, relationship and parenting situations. Engaging a couple and/or family in spiritually based counseling will assist them in aligning family roles, goals and traditions that align with their personal belief system. In addition, children experiencing mental and emotional issues can also benefit from participating in individual or family Christian counseling sessions. Positive spirituality-focused counseling, or coaching, methods have been found to improve the overall well-being of children that are experiencing bullying at school, physical and mental illnesses, learning disabilities, developmental challenges, eating disorders and addictions. The good news is that qualified Christian counselors, or coaches, can help patients of all ages overcome life’s inevitable hardships using faith-based therapy.
Thriveworks Henrico Counselors Understand Christian Counseling
As we’ve seen, when you or someone you care about experience life challenges and hardships, one of the ways those can addressed is through Christian counseling, which emphasizes faith in God and Biblical principles as part of a total body, mind and spiritual healing process. At Thriveworks Henrico, our compassionate and helpful counselors understand Christian counseling and will guide you in an effort to use this proven, faith-based approach as you overcome life’s obstacles and progress towards a more positive sense of well-being. For more information on our Christian counseling services call: (804) 205-3408 today or visit our Contact page now.