For clients who were raised or actively participate in Christianity, Christian Counseling can be a helpful way to grow mental health. Christian Counseling therapists use a religious framework as they work with clients on a wide range of mental health issues.
What is Christian Counseling?
Christian Counseling is a type of therapy that incorporates Christian values, lessons, and traditions into mental health journeys. Christian Counseling therapists understand the nuances of Christian culture and the important role that faith can play in a client’s life.
Christian Counseling therapists lean on Christian values when working with clients. This includes:
By leveraging these Christian values, along with the Bible when appropriate, Christian Counseling therapists help their clients reflect on their experiences and heal emotional pain.
What happens in a Christian Counseling session?
Christian Counseling sessions look differently depending on the therapist, client, and setting. All therapists have their own distinct style. Some therapists will include elements of Christian Counseling into their treatment but also draw from evidence-based therapy modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Attachment Based Therapy.
Clients will also have different comfort levels with Christian Counseling. Some clients will appreciate the occasional discussion about faith and how their religion plays into their mental health. Others will want to talk about their faith at length, as they see Christiantiy as an integral part of their mental health journey. Christian Counseling therapists are flexible and follow the client’s lead.
Clients can go through Christian Counseling in different settings. They may find a private practice therapist who is trained in Christian Counseling. They might also access a Christian Counseling provider at a local church.
Regardless of the setting, clients will have the opportunity to discuss how their Christian experiences influence their thoughts, feelings, and relationships – whether these experiences are positive or negative. It’s important to work with a Christian Counseling therapist who is trained and certified in therapy and can draw on other modalities in conjunction with Christian Counseling.
What can Christian Counseling help with?
Christian Counseling can be helpful in a diverse range of situations and mental health conditions. It is often used in:
Christian Counseling therapists provide a spiritual lens through which clients can better understand their lives. This lens can be applied for many situations, as clients learn about themselves, their values, and their goals for the future.