Christian Theory of Counseling Essays

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I. Introduction A comprehensive Christian theory of counseling integrates the disciplines of theology, psychology, and Scripture. In providing a holistic approach in to counseling individuals, it is prudent to survey one’s mind, body, soul, temporal systems, and super natural systems, in which all influence the person. A more complete plan of care may be offered when the contributions from both psychology and theology are offered. “The best interdisciplinary integration work usually comes from those who have formal or informal preparation in both psychology and theology” (McMinn, 2011, p. 9). By virtue priority being given to Scripture in that it is infallible and has all authority along with
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Behold, the fresh and new has come! (II Corinthians 5:17 Amplified)

B. Motivation Crabb (1977) suggest that motivation is a natural and universal drive to meet ones needs and is a compelling component of personality. Many factors contribute to one’s behavior, such as one’s past, ethnicity, culture, religious upbringing, abuse history, family of origin, education, and illness (physical or mental) (Wilson, 2001). “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest [I will erase and relieve and refresh your souls.]” (Matthew 11:28, Amplified). Anderson (2000) asserts, based on Ephesians 2:1, that man is born into the world alive physically but spiritually dead. God must be in the core of one’s personality to live and experience true fullness of life and health.
C. Human Development Human development is a life long process, which is ever changing in body, mind, and spirit (Adams, 1986).
Crabb (1977) believes a Christian counselor helps one to grow into Christ like maturity, this is done though “1) immediate obedience in specific situations and
2) long-rang character growth” (p. 25).
D. Individual Differences
Distinctiveness in individual personalities originates from various areas.
Hawkins (2010)
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