As Christians, your faith in God can and should be an integral part of the healing process. Christ himself said, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." ~Mathew 11:28 (NKJ)
Life is filled with many mountains and valleys for Christians as well as for non-Christians. The difference is that during counseling session we invite Christ to join us as our mediator, friend, savior and peace-giver. Jesus never promised us that we would have a life of ease once we accepted Him as Lord of our lives. He did promise: “And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age”. Matt. 28: 20b (NIV).
Jesus repeatedly told us that He is the answer to all our problems. Problems come in many sizes and shapes, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, trauma, and life’s challenges. Christ wants to help us with every issue, no matter how trivial it may seem; if it is important to us it is important to Him. It is His desire to bless us, comfort us and relieve us of our burdens.
Christ-centered counseling sessions begin and end with prayer. We ask God to guide and direct each session, to show us the right path to take in each session and to give us insight and understanding into our thoughts and emotions. Paul said “Let us come boldly to the throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”.Hebrews 4:6 (NIV)
What Christ-centered counselors bring to a session is life experience along with education and a strong Christian background. I believe that God sent me to college to become a counselor in order to help people through the healing process.
Christ is the ultimate healer. Throughout His ministry, He healed people of all sorts of maladies. Frequently, when He healed them, Jesus stated that their faith was an integral part of the process. The woman who was healed just by touching the hem of His garment is a prime example. Jesus says to the woman, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed of your suffering.” Mark 5:34 (NKJV)
May God bless you and comfort you and free you of your suffering.