Secular counseling and religious counseling differ in that a secular counselor has been trained to disengage from his/her religious beliefs from a professional view point where as a religious counselor incorporates and uses the teachings of their faith.
This does not mean that secular therapists will violate his or her faith in their practice it is simply that therapy is not guided by religious teachings, goals and values. A secular therapist may be very religious or spiritual but those are personal views that do not spill over into the counseling sessions.
Would a religious counselor be right for you?
Some people feel more comfortable if their counselor is of similar faith. They prefer that their faith’s teachings be an intrical part of their healing and counseling process. There may also be times when people have questions or concerns about their faith and need insight and guidance on particular issues. People may have circumstances arise that produce spiritual crisis where they feel God has abandoned them; that they simply don’t believe in God anymore and may have many feelings of guilt arise.
How a spiritual counselor can help
- Counseling through faith
- building a deeper faith
- Working through doubt
- Setting and achieving faith based life-goals
- Guiding through difficult moral choices
- Guiding on discovery of your life’s purpose
Entering into religious counseling can be a life changing event in that one can work though life issues, grow into a deeper faith, set faith based goals, and live a more fulfilled life.
If you or someone you know needs to talk with someone regarding your religious, please schedule an appointment with an iTherapyRX counselor for help.