How Faith and Psychotherapy Work Together

As a pastoral therapist, I like to work with clients who have faith backgrounds.

One of my biggest challenges was finding a personal therapist who would work with my own mental health while not disavowing the importance of my faith. As someone who has been a part of a church background since my youth, I have also been concerned when many churches ignore or minimize the importance of psychotherapy to help with issues concerning marriage, family, depression, anxiety, grief, and other issues. As a pastor, I also understand that clergy often fulfill various roles within a church and may not have the time to perform in-depth counseling.

For some of us, faith plays a big role in our life.

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Faith works by teaching us values, beliefs, and a philosophy of life. It encourages us to love and forgive others and challenges us to live better. Faith also gives us assurance by reminding us that God is present watching, leading, guiding, and loving us. Psychotherapy challenges us to examine our behaviors, beliefs, and patterns to see how they serve us. It causes us to look at our thoughts, our history, our successes, and even our pain to see how it either helps or hinders us.

Christian Counseling brings this together.

Both faith and psychotherapy complement one another. We integrate faith narratives from scripture into our therapy to elicit powerful change in our lives. The narratives and stories give us a framework to see how God’s presence walks with us and empowers us to live better lives. Psychotherapy can also help us examine when faith has been toxic and detrimental in our lives. In those cases, psychotherapy can help us reframe our faith stories into something that can be more empowering and beneficial for us.

Faith and counseling can go hand in hand.

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The danger for us is when we make faith and psychotherapy mutually exclusive enemies instead of complementary tools in our personal development. Great spiritual health and great mental health go together in making us better people.

Christian Counseling can help you navigate many different experiences

If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, experiencing challenges in your marriage, experiencing parental difficulties, or struggling with grief I can work with you. If you are looking for a therapist who will listen, value your faith, and use it to empower you as you face life’s challenges then follow these steps:

  1. Fill out an online appointment request. 
  2. Get to know our team of counselors. 
  3. Incorporate your faith in your healing journey.

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