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    Faith-Based Counseling

    Has your relationship with God become stagnant? Do you feel guilty, ashamed or disconnected from your faith? Do you wish for guidance from a trained professional who will understand and respect that value you building a relationship with God as part of your holistic wellness?

    If so, you are definitely not alone. More and more of my clients are looking for faith-based counseling that can heal the mind and the soul. They want to be able to not only discuss the issues they are having but also openly discuss God, the Bible and their belief in the power of prayer.

    And I am not the only counselor who has noticed that people prefer to seek guidance from those who support, rather than challenge, their faith. In fact, according to a nationwide survey by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), 83% of Americans believe their spiritual faith and religious beliefs are closely tied to their state of mental and emotional health. Three-quarters have stated it’s important for them to work with a therapist who integrates their values and beliefs into the counseling process. And more respondents said they would prefer to see a religious counselor (29%) than a psychiatrist (27%), psychologist (17%) or family doctor (13%).

    Selecting the Right Faith-Based Counselor to Work With

    Just as no two people are alike, no two faith-based counselors are alike either. They will differ on a few different things:

    • How much religious training (if any) they have had
    • How much religion they incorporate into their practice
    • The populations they serve
    • Their psychological expertise

    Beyond this, some faith-based therapists aim to holistically integrate the mind, body and spirit for people of all faiths, while others focus solely on applying scripture to modern day problems instead of social sciences.

    You will also find that some faith-based counselors will be licensed by the state, and some will not. The reason for this is a state license prohibits a therapist from imposing personal beliefs onto clients. But a licensed mental health professional who is well trained in combining evidence based practice and exploring the value of faith in session can be helpful for a multitude of life’s concerns.

    If you or someone you love is interested in exploring faith-based treatment, please be in touch with me. I would be happy to discuss how I may be able to help. In my practice, all faiths are welcome and I do not impose my faith on those who do not identify as Christian since that would be a gross ethical violation.