Dr. Tan has shown that incorporating prayer, scripture, and a Christian approach helps people. He has been using this approach for years and has had positive results. All counselors need to use the methods that work. This is especially true of Christian counselors. If a Christian had made a chose to visit a Christian therapist, that therapist should use Christian tools to help their client.
...nseling sessions is very important, because the wisdom of God can guide counselors to be more effective and accurate in helping clients who has been damage or abused. There are issues that can only be treated with spiritual integration, with this in mind, counselors can prevent many situations that with conventional counseling cannot be prevent. Spiritual guidance had been proved to work on circumstances where other forms of therapy do not work, that’s why the presence of God must be present in counseling sessions, in order to do God’s will and be effective with all the situations that day to day are present in our society.
McMinn (2011) establishes the topical history of integrating psychology and theology, and promptly transitions to the necessity of inclusion for spirituality into counseling sessions; he cogitates three queries: Will this aid in establishing a healthy sense of self? Will this aid in establishing a healthy sense of need? Will this aid in establishing a healing relationship? (McMinn, 2011, pg. 32). These three components cater to psychological and spiritual health. Christian counseling helps the client move away from need, a faulty sense of self, and relationships to “an assured sense of self, a cognizance of human need and limits, and revealing interpersonal relationships with others and most importantly, God” (p. 59). McMinn (2011) provides intervention tools needed for effective therapy. However, amid the six challenges, counselors can see the risks in implementing the suggested tools with: defining relevant ethical standards, establishing a scientific base, confronting dominant views of health, expanded definitions of training, blurred pers...
The start of this article focuses on a Christian client named George who is plagued with feelings of worthlessness, depression, low self-esteem, and suicide. His mother had also battled depression, and his father had an abusive relationship with alcohol, which caused his father to have verbally and physically abusive altercations with George and his mother. The abusive experiences that George was exposed to as a child paved the way for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as an adult (Garzon, 2005). With all of these factors present in this client’s life, a treatment plan was created that involved scripture interventions. The author made sure to touch on the fact that every client is unique in the hopes that counselors would be aware that one type of scripture intervention might work for one client and not work for another. The article highlights three guiding values when considering these types of interventions; “respect for the client’s autonomy/freedom, sensitivity to and empathy for the client’s religious and spiritual beliefs, and flexibility and responsiveness to the client’s religious and spiritual beliefs.”(Garzon, 2005). ...
Upon reading through Crabb 's book Effective Christian Counseling, it is clear that the objective of Christian guiding is to fulfill a client as well as to convey them closer to God by helping them develop in their confidence and faith. This would incorporate utilizing scriptural systems for managing their issues as opposed to depending upon mainstream strategies. Crabb particularly expresses that "the goal is to free people to better worship and serve God by helping them become more like the Lord." We need to help develop our clients profoundly and mentally. (Crabb, 1977)
First, ACA code D. 1. a. (“2014 ACA Code of Ethics”, p. 10) Different Approaches states that “counselors are respectful of approaches that are grounded in theory and/or have an empirical or scientific foundation but may differ from their own.” The Denomination code states that it is invested in the community as a prophetic witness, working to solve issues that impact others. As Ministers, when we counsel and minister to individuals, we ground our theory on biblical principles, and we focus on how to implement scripture into the individual’s life to better improve it. Another difference is ACA code E. 5. a. (“2014 ACA Code of Ethics”, p. 11) Diagnosis of Mental Disorders, this code addresses “diagnosing by assessment techniques (including personal interviews) used to determine client care.” One major difference, in Denominational code is when we have a relationship with the Lord we believe in deliverance services. Intercessors and Prayer Warriors instead of accepting a diagnosis by a licensed professional, those of us who have crazy belief, believe anyone can be delivered from anything because our spiritual belief is that mental disorders are linked to spirits. For example, Mark 9:25 the demon possessed boy. Jesus delivered him from the dumb and mute spirit. Many Christians have a supernatural belief that many mental conditions are spirits, and that they can be cast
Clinton, T. & Ohlschlager, G. (2002). Competent Christian counseling: Foundations and practice of compassionate soul care. Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press.
They may help someone “feel better, but where is the true transformation of his life? Are these things even goals worthy of a biblical person? Where is love? Where is joy? Where is gratitude? Where’s obedience? Where’s the willingness to sacrifice? Where’s the courage to love our enemies in ways that are both merciful and yet tough-minded? Where are all the good things that are part of human life in Jesus’ image? Such self-confidence is not the image of Christ!” Which is the point…secular worldview counseling leads the counselee to find their identity in themselves or in the counselor or in the plan instead of in Christ alone. In the article by Paul Tripp, The Present Glories of Redemption, he takes the book of Ephesians and breaks it down to see exactly how we are to care and counsel because of the great work of Christ and His plan. “When we counsel people, we must find out what their real view of God is. We will often find that our counselees have a big gap between their functional “theology” and the truth. In other words, when they tell their story, God is not in it.” We as
To study psychotherapy or be a counselor from a theological standpoint is to have a particular, genuine interest of other people’s problems without the desire of tangible results from your work. Typically, the answer is the desire to aid those with issues parallel, or separate, to past and present obstacles. If not, then what leads to the decision of lending an empathetic ear and emotional sacrifice to those around? By researching into social and cultural context, the possibilities of the influence of personal values and challenges, and the connection of faith, it can be sought after what it means to take a step into the doorway of the helping profession and its benefits.
Confidentiality. Confidentiality is just as important in Christian counseling as it is in secular counseling. According to the American Association of Christian Counselors (2014), “confidentiality recognizes that every client has a fundamental, moral and legal right to privacy and to have a wide range of personal thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and behaviors that are protected from public knowledge” (p. 22). It is crucial for counselors to maintain client confidentiality unless what a client discloses brings harm to themselves or other people. Confidentiality should be kept at all