The Differences between Christian Counseling and Scientific Counseling
Professional Christian Counselors, like the pastoral counselor, invite the Holy Spirit’s guidance into their counseling process. They embrace the mystery of divine grace and human effort working together and they understand that it's the synergy of God’s healing kindness, the counselor’s gifts and talents, and the client's hard work which brings God’s healing presence into the lives of their clients. They are uniquely gifted to help clients in the spiritual and religious domains. They can help increase their clients' awareness to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and can also help clients better understand what God is saying to them in a particular circumstance at a particular time. More than giving them a fish (helping clients to discern in a specific instance) they can teach them how to fish (forming clients into discerning persons). They can also help clients make sense out of their moral struggles. They can help clients cooperate with grace and work toward removing any barriers to grace. They can help clients develop the virtues necessary to be a good spouse and reduce the temptation to do drugs, alcohol, and pornography. It’s the Christian Counselor's ability to work with their client’s blend of psychological, emotional, moral, and spiritual concerns, combined with their ability to expertly deal with the religious domain which sets them apart and makes them very helpful. They can help clients be delivered and set free from demonic strongholds.
Clients who prefer not to venture into their spirituality can still benefit from the Christian Counselor’s secular license, expertise and training. Scientific counseling has God's blessing on it to heal. God has gifted us with tremendous advances in scientific counseling and He wants us to take advantage of His gifts. Scientific counseling can lessen depression and anxiety, help clients get off drugs, alcohol, and pornography, save a marriage, provide help managing children, improve communication, teach conflict resolution and much, much more.