Do You Feel Lost In Your Walk With God?
Have you been suffering from symptoms of anxiety or depression? Are you struggling to find your sense of purpose? Do you find yourself wishing that you could trust in God’s plan for your life, but your future seems uncertain?
In the midst of challenging times, perhaps you’ve tried to lean on your Christian faith, but lately, you haven’t felt close to God. Maybe you’ve attempted to pray or read Scripture, but with your busy schedule, it feels like you never have time to connect with God.
Lots of Christians Struggle With Their Mental Health
Perhaps grappling with depression or anxiety has made your faith feel stagnant. Maybe you’re trying to juggle an ever-growing list of responsibilities and it seems like you’ve slipped away from practicing your faith. As much as you want to reconnect with God, you may feel like you don’t know where to begin.
It’s hard to speak up when you’re dealing with symptoms of anxiety, depression, or another mental health condition. Perhaps you want to reach out for help and you’re interested in seeking therapy—but as a Christian, you’re hesitant to turn to a counselor who doesn’t understand the importance of your faith.
In Christian counseling, you can work with a therapist who shares your faith. You do not have to push your deeply held beliefs to the backburner. Instead, you can find support from a counselor who integrates Christian principles with therapeutic techniques.
Every Christian Feels Distant From God Sometimes
Throughout life, every Christian goes through seasons when it feels like God is far away. Personal and professional responsibilities can get in the way of their relationship with Christ. Furthermore, guilt and shame can discourage people from turning to God when they need Him most. God is forgiving and all-loving, yet some people worry that if they’ve made decisions they regret in the past, they will no longer be welcome in their church communities.
Sometimes, Church Culture Can Discourage Christians From Deepening Their Faith
Actively working to strengthen your faith can become challenging, especially without guidance. As time goes on, it’s easy to feel like living the faith is a matter of simply checking off certain boxes, such as going to church, attending Bible study, and volunteering every weekend. But not every congregation emphasizes building a real and lasting relationship with Christ.
Furthermore, being a Christian does not mean that life will always be easy. Yet when Christians look to their church leaders for comfort and reassurance, they’re often told to “pray about it” and trust that God will take care of the problem in time. But this is of little comfort to someone who is trying to navigate stressful, uncertain times while figuring out their next steps in life.
Through Christian counseling, you can effectively treat depression and anxiety, work through major life transitions, and rekindle your relationship with God, all with the support of a therapist who understands your faith.
Christian Counseling Can Help You Find Solace In Your Faith
In the past, you may have faced judgment for admitting that you struggled with your mental health. Understandably, you might be nervous about opening up to a therapist. At Reveal and Restore Counseling, we create a warm, inviting, judgment-free environment where you can get comfortable with vulnerability.
In therapy, you can share how you feel about your relationship with God and the problems you want to address. Your counselor will help you explore God’s promises so that you can better handle the ups and downs of life. Although no two people share the same life experience, you can rest assured that your therapist understands your perspective as a Christian.
What to Expect in Christian Counseling Sessions
During your first session, we will discuss the issues that prompted you to seek therapy. You can also talk about any previous experiences in counseling as well as any coping mechanisms you have used to deal with your symptoms.
From there, we’ll work together to outline your goals for therapy. Your therapist will help you identify triggers that exacerbate symptoms of anxiety, depression, or trauma. Together, you’ll come up with healthy strategies for dealing with challenges that arise.
Treatment Approaches For Christian Therapy
In Christian counseling, your therapist will formulate your treatment plan based on your goals for therapy. For example, the treatment plan for a client who is struggling with anxiety may look very different from a plan for a couple that is seeking Christian counseling for their marriage. But no matter what brings you to therapy, your counselor will keep Christ at the center of the healing process.
Because each client who pursues Christian therapy is unique, your treatment will be specifically tailored to your personal needs. For instance, your therapist might use techniques drawn from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Brainspotting, or the Gottman Method. Each of these treatment methods can help you challenge negative thought patterns and open yourself up to a more positive perspective.
Additionally, your therapist will teach you useful strategies you can use to break down thought patterns that no longer serve you. You’ll learn to examine the evidence behind your beliefs, practice mindfulness when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and try new skills for boosting your confidence. You’ll also track your negative thinking outside of sessions and apply the techniques you learned to shift your thought patterns.
At Reveal and Restore Counseling, we understand that God does not expect perfection from any of us. Regardless of any choices you’ve made in the past, He loves you unconditionally. By pursuing Christian counseling services, you can find relief from your mental health struggles and move forward in your walk with Christ.
But You May Still Have Questions About Christian Counseling…
Shouldn’t turning to Scripture be enough to heal from anxiety or depression?
While reading Scripture can give you a sense of peace during times of turmoil, it is not a replacement for professional mental health treatment. God brings people into our lives for a reason. A qualified therapist can help you seek comfort in Scripture while creating a treatment plan that incorporates various therapeutic approaches.
Will I be judged in counseling?
Your therapist is here to support you and help you move forward, not judge you for your past. At Reveal and Restore Counseling, therapy is an accepting, welcoming space where you can share anything that’s on your mind. Remember, God’s love for you is unending—no matter what mistakes you’ve made or how many times you’ve stumbled on your path, He will always be there to welcome you home.
Is Christian therapy just like Bible study?
Although we do infuse core principles of the faith in Christian therapy, Christian counseling is not synonymous with Bible study. While your therapist might refer to a passage from Scripture if it’s applicable, therapy sessions will not revolve around reading the Bible.
You Can Heal And Grow In Your Faith Through Christian Counseling
If you’re looking for the support of a Christian counselor on your healing journey, you can learn more about our practice by scheduling a free 15-minute consultation call through our website. You can also email us or call 214-612-7475 to schedule your first appointment.