It was not all that long ago that one’s counselor was probably also one’s priest, pastor, rabbi, medicine man or shaman. Healing took into account every aspect of a person and science was not yet divorced from spirit. Not even Newton, the man around whom the world of modern science has revolved for over two hundred years, could have imagined a purely humanistic end to his work. His intention was solely to understand the mind of God through mathematics and observation.
In the last century it has changed and science has become a weapon against faith instead of a means to understand and be closer to the Creator. In modern psychology man has become distinct from his spirit and woman has been separated from her soul.
Where most schools of psychotherapy see the person as an amalgam of drives, needs, acculturated influences, and evolution, holistic psychotherapy sees faith, spirit, and God Himself as an integral part of the process of healing.
Everyone experiences stress—believers and non-believers alike. Believers can suffer with anxiety, sorrow, irritability, and confusion as much as anyone else and deserve the support that’s available. It’s important to deal with that stress in as straightforward and comprehensive a manner as possible.
Principles of Faith-based Counseling
The principles we use in faith-based counseling is the same we use for all modalities:
- All healing begins and ends in love, compassion, and respect.
- Insight and understanding are utilized to meet each individual’s needs.
- The therapeutic alliance is based on the renewal of hope and the attainment of inner peace.
- The whole person is taken into account—social, emotional, familial, psychological,spiritual, medical, and cultural.
For more on this, see: The Kingpin68: Philosophical Theology