Biblical Counseling vs. Christian Counseling

I often get clients who are looking for a biblical counselor versus a Christian counselor, and I think there’s a bit of confusion about the difference. Let me explain what I believe sets them apart. See my TikTok video about this, or read on!

The Essence of Biblical Counseling

Biblical counseling primarily focuses on therapeutic change rooted in biblical principles. This approach emphasizes that many issues stem from sin that needs to be repented of. There might be unconfessed issues or spiritual practices that need to be exercised to address the problems you are experiencing. The core idea here is that spiritual shortcomings are at the root of many struggles, and addressing these through repentance and scriptural guidance is key to healing.

Embracing a Broader Approach with Christian Counseling

On the other hand, Christian counseling incorporates a biblical worldview but also brings in other therapeutic modalities to help resolve issues. Many people who faithfully love the Lord, have confessed, prayed, and engaged in spiritual practices still find themselves struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, and other issues. This indicates that there might be deeper, underlying issues at play.

Christian counseling recognizes this and integrates additional therapeutic methods like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). These techniques aim to get to the roots of what’s causing the issues you’re facing today, providing more comprehensive relief. By combining faith-based principles with these modern therapeutic practices, we can offer a holistic approach to healing.

Why the Distinction Matters

Understanding the difference between these approaches can help you choose the right type of support. If your struggles seem primarily spiritual, biblical counseling might be suitable for you, focusing heavily on repentance and biblical principles. However, if you have engaged in these spiritual practices and still face significant issues, Christian counseling, with its broader therapeutic approach, might be more effective.

Finding the Right Fit

At Christian Counseling Services, we strive to meet you where you are, offering support that aligns with your personal beliefs and therapeutic goals. Whether you need strictly biblical guidance or a combination of faith-based and modern therapeutic methods, we are here to help you on your journey to healing.

If you’re looking for roots-based Christian counseling that integrates both faith and proven therapeutic techniques, consider exploring our services. We believe in addressing the deeper issues contributing to your struggles, helping you find relief and move toward a more peaceful, fulfilling life.

Your Next Steps Towards Healing

Choosing between biblical and Christian counseling depends on your specific needs and beliefs. Both approaches offer valuable paths to healing. By understanding their distinctions, you can select the type of counseling that best supports your journey.

If you have any questions or need further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to support you in finding the peace and healing you deserve.