A few questions people often ask are: How do I find a christian counselor near me? Are there therapists that will let me bring Jesus into therapy in Columbus? What does one do in this type of therapy, and what is the difference between faith based counseling and regular therapy? Are there benefits to bringing my beliefs into the therapy room? This article below answers all of those questions an more.
The goal is to help you answer your questions, determine if you want your beliefs brought into your therapy, and how to find someone to work with you from this viewpoint
What does a Christian counselor do?
Like traditional therapists, he or she works with you to heal issues in your marriage, or family and can also address individual needs. The main difference is that they provide these services from a Christian perspective.
Many people who want counseling services have a desire for their belief in Jesus Christ to be brought into the process. They want a safe place to work on life challenges, but also someone who understands their spirituality.
Who does faith based counseling?
They may be a work from several clinical approaches such as being a Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, be licensed to do Social Work or a Clinical Psychologist. For this type of work you always want to work with licensed professionals, not just someone giving advice from a biblical perspective or fellow church members.
Licensed professionals are specifically trained to help with mental health and relationship issues. Not having this training and trying to practice therapy can be harmful and even illegal. Most clinicians have a minimum of a Master’s degree and many receive training outside of their schools in their favored techniques.
What would a Christian therapist treat?
These clinical counselors treat a variety of issues. Some provide family services, other provide marriage counseling or work on relationships, many help their clients with life transitions or to become better parents. They can also provide psychotherapy to help with individual challenges such as anxiety, depression, lack of hope, trauma and learning to cope with grief. Some counselors work on life skills or provide support through healing.
Each clinician has a client type they prefer to work with, if you are seeking help for a teen or child then you will want to make sure they see that age group. If you want help in relationships then ask if they work with relationships and/or families or only do individual sessions.
What does Christian counseling consist of?
The counseling process for this type of therapy is very similar to traditional therapy. Sessions are similar as well. The main difference is when you talk with your counselor there will be a faith component.
Each person would like a different amount of their beliefs in the therapy, so it varies from person to person. Some want prayer in session and bible verses, others want the therapist to understand how their relationship with God impacts their life.
What is the difference between counseling and Christian counseling?
The main difference between this and regular counseling is that your beliefs are not only respected but integrated into sessions. Our counselors make sure they understand your beliefs and how you live them and counseling services are rooted in those beliefs.
The benefits of seeing Christian counselors
One of the benefits of belief-based counseling as opposed to regular clinical counseling is that the therapist you are working with understands your faith. They will not give you advice or do interventions with you that are contrary to your biblical beliefs. For instance, if you get marriage counseling from a clinical counselor a bit part of that may be discernment on if you should get a divorce. However, you may not believe divorce is an option in your case.
If you seek counseling services for families, you can guarantee your adolescents and children will not be given advice against their beliefs. Family services will be based around your religion and not what media states is the best fit. Clinical counseling can also sometimes see their clients through a lens of the world, not knowing that Christian perspective can provide hope and reduce anxiety and depression.
Counseling services can sometimes see mental health issues through more of a stigmatizing lens. As a Christian, you know that we are all flawed and that includes issues with mental health. If you are dealing with depression, life transitions, family issues, are trying to overcome problems from your past or even dealing with severe mental health issues, you deserve respect. Christian therapists can help with healing mental health issues while giving you support in your faith.
Contact Columbus Therapy and Hypnosis for Christian Counseling in Columbus, OH
If you are looking for counseling services in Columbus, OH we offer appointments in our office in Upper Arlington, OH. If you are located outside of Columbus, OH we offer counseling throughout the state of Ohio via HIPAA compliant video sessions.
If you are in Columbus, OH or elsewhere in the state, we would love to talk to you about how your religion can be integrated into therapy that fits you and your family. We see families, individuals, and couples.