Importance Of Counseling And Lay Christian Counseling

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It is evident in the world today that there is a need for guidance and counseling. There are many statistics of issues the world faces that prove the need treatment. For example, 35% of persons who marry end up divorced. 40% of children live in a home where a father is not present. By age 18, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by someone they love and/or trust. Approximately every 20 minutes a person commits suicide within the United States (Clinton, 2005). This list goes on and is even found within the church. Professional counseling and lay Christian counseling have found a way to help individuals overcome these issues though certain techniques and methods. These techniques and methods are often adopted from secular psychologists such as Carl Rogers who founded Client-Centered Therapy. While both counseling groups have a goal to help individuals overcome their issues, should Christian counselors, specifically, accept secular professional counseling techniques? Support for Professional Counseling Lay Christian Counseling is a form of counseling that uses Scripture found within the Bible in order to help an individual overcome their situation and recognize God as his or her source of strength to overcome. The goal of lay Christian counseling is to serve people who might not have the chance to get professional help due to finances, no desire to use insurance, or no accessibility (Garzon, Worthington, and Tan, 2009). Therefore, simply being available to
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