What does Christian therapy look like?
Christian faith-based therapy acknowledges God in the perfect tri-unity of three persons the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and the Bible as the true Word of God. Therapy recognizes that where God is perfect, people are not, and we struggle in our imperfection, often meaning to do well and right, but falling short.
Faith-based psychotherapy is guided by the needs of the individual and his or her struggles and rests on the truth of the Gospel, that Jesus redeemed us, and that our worth is not and never could be based on our merits. We meet you where you are because it is only by His mercy and grace that we have opportunity to be a part of helping you. Christian therapy involves acceptance and love as modeled by Christ.
Do you use the Bible?
Christian faith-based therapy does refer to Biblical references when possible and appropriate, but how you experience the fit of therapy style is important as it is in psychotherapy in general. If you don’t feel comfortable with your therapist’s style, no matter how the Bible is integrated into your work together, it probably won’t help.
We find it most effective to have empathy combined with a foundation in the Bible. In the Bible, we find that Jesus’ life and the Gospel model empathy, acceptance, and inclusion. At the same time, referring to God’s word also keeps us in line with God’s teaching. It’s helpful to have an open conversation about your expectations for the therapy and how you would like to be guided.