When you think of the word “counseling,” what comes to mind? Some people might imagine a client lounging on a couch, while a therapist writes notes in a little book. Perhaps it’s an image of a sharp-eyed counselor examining one’s deepest motivations. I used to think of a therapist who asks, “And how do you feel about that?” to whatever was just said.

These images shaped by movies and stereotypes are not what I think of anymore. Now I picture an empathetic listener who might gently prod but would never condemn. I imagine comfortable chairs and a welcoming room. I hope your mental images are warm and inviting like this as well. Counseling has changed so much over the past 50 years, and it seems that culture’s perception of it has not kept up with the times.

And what about Christian counseling? What an amazing new field. With a focus still on seeing lives transformed and understanding new perspectives, Christian counseling also includes the work of the Holy Spirit. How much more powerful counseling can become when we allow God to step into the situation! Science can be useful, but God is powerful. This is why we believe that Christian counseling is important. Counseling is already helpful, but allowing God into these situations makes it even more transformative

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