Counseling And Christian Perspective On Counseling

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Counseling and Christian Perspective
Studying psychology and philosophy has made me ask many questions. By what principles do people make decisions? What drives us? Where do emotions come from? Are there such things as unconscious motives and thoughts or are those ideas nothing more than the clever and profitable figment of psychologists’ imagination? However, the main question I struggled with is who we are and how we operate?
Counseling is seen as a very solution focused approach. The temptation to rush quickly to the end of the mystery novel must be resisted. The detective’s clever conclusions cannot be fully appreciated without first understanding the complexities of the tangle he unravels. The same principle applies here: an adequate appreciation of solutions depends on an adequate understanding of people and their problems.
The Christian community and secular communities are overrun with ideas about wholeness and growth. The solution of Calvary, for example, is only valued too the degree that the problem of sin is grasped. If we skip the hard and sometimes tedious work of figuring out who we are and why we struggle so much, then our efforts as counselors to help others will be shallow and, in the long run, unhelpful.
The relationship between Christianity and Counseling
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus.” Could it really be as simple as the hymn suggests? This sort of thinking sounds very hopelessly naive and dangerously superficial. If…
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