Choosing a Christian Counselor
Pastor David Martin of Regent University recently wrote an useful article on how to choose a Christian counselor. At a glance, one may think that there isn’t much to think about when choosing a counselor. However, when you consider that the emotional well being of yourself or a loved one is at stake you may want to be careful about your choice of a counselor. When seeking out a counselor do not be afraid to ask questions. “What is your general approach to counseling? How do you integrate Biblical truths into your counseling? Are you involved in a church? Which one and in what role are you involved? How do you integrate Biblical truths into your counseling? What part does prayer play in the way that you counsel? Do you pray with clients? What is your view on moral/ethical issues?” The following article discusses in-depth the considerations that one should make when choosing a Christian counselor:
When you as a Christian realize that you or someone you love is in need of counseling there are several issues that need to be addressed.
First is the stigma that seeking professional help may bring. In certain Christian circles professional help is viewed in a negative light, even when it is Christian. One has to see these counselors as a gift from God to bring His healing presence in your life.
Second is the task of finding a competent counseling professional who will truly integrate their faith into the counseling process. Unfortunately, not everyone who claims to be a “Christian counselor” operates with a personal and professional commitment to Christ-centered soul care. In order for a Christian to make a good decision about a Christian counseling professional, there are some important factors that need to be understood as well as the various options that are available to you.