Compare And Contrast Christian Counseling And Mainstream Counseling

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Both Christian counseling and mainstream counseling share a desire to help people overcome emotional and mental difficulties so that they can become inherently happy and balanced individuals.
The four views of how psychology and Christianity integrate with one another to help people seeking to expose or find an answer to emotional or mental issues that arise. Each model, although employing different approaches, has the intention to provide a resolution.
The Biblical counseling model held by Jay Adams, a professor at Westminster Seminary, proposed that Christians discredit other methods in favor of “nouthetic counseling” (Greek noutheteo, “to admonish”). He taught that "genuine Christian counseling is based solely on the Bible and focused on sin (the cause of most psychological problems).” (Hankle) Biblical Counseling method also, “severely criticized psychiatry and psychotherapy, suggesting that they provided approaches to counseling that were radically secular and fundamentally opposed to Christianity.”(Hankle), by emphasizing sin as the cause psychological problems and the remedy required would be making behavioral changes through embracing a life according to biblical standards and guidance. The foundation upon which the biblical counseling model is built is that “You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to

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