Psychology delivers empirically proven theories and techniques. Spirituality produces a desire for change, hunger for hope, and need for guidance. Theology is the sieve in which theories and techniques of psychology must be sifted through to ascertain Christian presuppositions (Crabb, 1977). In the art of multitasking, the guidance of the Holy Spirit is necessary, as it is the Holy Spirit drawing the human heart to Christ (John 6:44).
There are many theoretical models of counseling. Often, a diverse approach or the use of several approaches is best for the resolution of problems. I utilize several different theories and strategies in my role as a counselor. However, it is the Individual personal theory and the Family theory model that anchors my orientation to counseling as a Christian counselor. Individual personal theory of counseling is very important for the successes of any therapeutic process that affects how I council.
Theory Critique In our fast passed and ever changing society, personal experiences built up over time and often make life difficult to deal with over time. Everyone has their own prospective on what is important and how they will tackle various problems they face from day to day. It is the responses to our harsh environment and experiences that can often manifest into feelings such as: anxiety, resentment and possibly guilt (Crabb, 1977). It is those that have negative experiences in life that seek out the help of counselors, to better understand and change the root of those problems. Each Christian counselor must carefully research and develop a counseling model which best aligns with their education level and spiritual beliefs.
Not everyone bless to be a counselor, but Dr. Crabb's biblical teaching in Christian counseling will lay out the foundational requirement to enable the ones called by God to be an effective counselor. The book of Philippians 1:6 states, "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (The Holy Bible: New International Version). This is what it will take to be an effective counselor to help bring people out of their hurt and to look toward Jesus Christ our Savior Goal of Christian Counseling When it comes to the point of understanding of how Christian counseling can be effective, the accepted requirements for the standards of counseling the theories, and the techniques dealing with Christian and secular counseling will require different tactics and approaches for it to be effective in a person's life. According to Dr. Crabb's statement on the Christian counseling goal, "is to promote Christian maturity, to help people enter into a richer experience of worship and a more effect life of service" (Crabb, 1977, p.31). The method to establishing an finding the problems and circumstances must always lead to the scriptures and allow the client to see the work of God being uplifted in the situation Through constant sessions and the client developing a more clos... ... middle of paper ... ...ome a counselor the must come to the understanding that they must possess the willingness to be strong emotionally and have a strong faith in the Lord.
The evaluation form is mending to help potential coach to make a decision on the possible success of a coaching relationship. A coac... ... middle of paper ... ...tify values and easily evaluate the spiritual gifts and their purposes in order to consistently build up customer’s confidence through my inspiration. In conclusion, Gary Collins, through his book, Christian coaching: Helping others turn potential into reality enables individuals to fully understand their potential through a God-centered way of coaching. He simplifies his coaching methods and develops his practical skills like how to use diverse situations, insights based on the Bible and customized forms in coaching people who desire to depart the past way of life, and come to live according to the will of God. Works Cited Collins, G. R. (2009).
Biblical Applications in Counseling One of the most difficult aspects of counseling is accepting when boundaries can be crossed for the betterment of a client and knowing when those boundaries should be respected no matter the outcome. Incorporating religion and spirituality into counseling can often be problematic in the sense that not everyone has the same views on the matter. In fact, not all therapists in the field of counseling agree that blending therapy and religion is effective or appropriate. However, for Christians who seek assistance, gaining knowledge on their situation, learning new coping mechanisms, and still incorporating the Bible as a reference tools serves a an excellent therapeutic method. Summary The journal article reflected on different ideas that arise in counseling, such as combining the Bible in therapy.
Dr. Crabb sets forth the goals for Christian counseling as “MOVE OVER and MOVE UP” (Crabb, 1977). Dr. Crabb theorizes that a counselor must help a client move over into the pathway of spiritual obedience and to move up in which the client obeys not only externally, but also internally (Crabb, 1977). By moving up, the client not only experiences a change in thinking, but ultimately that change also involves a change of heart, changed goals, and a transformation of the personality (Crabb, 1977). The effective Christian counselor will be able to look beyond the “fundamentally self-centered” goals of their clients and will be able to set a goal of helping the client find “spiritual and psychological maturity” (Crabb, 1977). Dr. Crabb’s goal-setting theory differs from that of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).
Mark McMinn purposely writes this twofold book to first, address the pragmatic assimilation of psychology, theology, and spirituality. Secondly, he explores the spirituality of a Christian counselor, and how this aspect of character affects the methods he or she may use to represent Jesus Christ when dealing with clients. Altogether, this book discusses the dual need for Biblical Counselors to multitask with clients while pursuing personal development in spirituality to advance a Christian worldview. The objective is to “help Christian counselors and researchers unite around certain key questions and perspectives so that our interventions become increasingly relevant and effective" (p. 6). 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?
In counseling integration of Christianity into the therapeutic process has long been researched and developed. In order to get a good grasp as to what things or ideas would be a part of that process the individual must look into themselves as a therapist and decide how or what that integration process would look like for them. The difficulty in meshing Christianity and Psychology is that there will always be a degree of fealty to one side or another. According to Emmons, many studies have demonstrated that spirituality and religion are closely associated with psychological well-being but, there are also levels of spiritual maturity and an individual 's ability to forgive others to contend with. Throughout the course of this paper I will be discussing the integration process as I understand it and how it would relate to my own relationship to faith.
Conclusion Christianity provides a valuable platform for practicing psychology and understanding human nature. This article is valuable for understanding the relationship between Christianity and counseling. Effective counseling must take into consideration the spirituality of clients to understand the root causes of their problems. This article is highly recommended for any psychologist or aspiring counselor. Works Cited Johnson, L. E. (1997) Christ, The lord of psychology.