Faith-based therapy: 5 things you need to know when looking for help

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There are over 609 million search inquiries on Google for the phrase Faith-Based Therapy Near Me.

So, there are a lot of people searching specifically for a faith-based therapist or counselor. Perhaps you are one of them.

What precisely should a person look for and expect in faith-based therapy?

I believe there are five things you should consider as you search for a faith-based therapist or counselor.

1.  In faith-based therapy, the therapist is expected to approach issues from a biblical perspective.

The easiest way to determine what your potential therapist believes is to read the about section of their website.

But don’t be afraid to ask them on your first visit how their faith impacts how they operate. What distinguishes them from a non-faith-based counselor? Their answer will probably help you determine if you have common ground on which to move forward.

By the way, your first visit is like speed dating; you determine whether you want to continue or not. Sometimes it’s just not a good fit for either one of you. But, this is an investment of your time and money, so don’t be shy. If it’s not working, move on as quickly as possible.

Of course, you and your therapist don’t need to agree on every theological issue to find healing.

But your understanding of who God is, who you are (sinner, sufferer, and saint), and the therapist’s role in the healing process is crucial to the success or failure of your treatment.

2. Competency and skill are still crucial in faith-based therapy.

You should not select a therapist solely on their stated religious beliefs. You must be confident that they have the tools, skills, and temperament to assist you in your healing.

Your health insurance company can provide a list of covered therapists: and a quick Google search on the therapist’s name and the words reviews or complaints may give helpful information to consider. 

If you were seeking a surgeon for a heart transplant, you would be fixated on his skill level first, and then his faith background might be a consideration in your decision.

I expect my therapist to display excellence in the level of care they provide for me, and you should expect the same. 

3. Faith-based therapy is likely to address the tension between an individual’s beliefs and actual experiences.

What happens when what we believe about God doesn’t align with our personal experience? 

Did God let us down, or did we misunderstand what he promised?

We ask, why now, why me, and what now? How do I go forward? Why do bad things happen to good people? I find a measure of comfort in reading the Psalms and seeing these questions voiced by people like me.

A skilled therapist can challenge your assumptions and invite you to think deeply and rationally about life and faith.

4. Faith-based therapy should recognize that God can work through natural and supernatural means to accomplish His redemptive purposes in our lives.

God can work through a medication that helps address a chemical imbalance.

He can work through cognitive-based therapies.

I received a powerful reminder of this truth a few years ago.

My therapist had done an excellent job helping me understand that God was present during a trauma that I had experienced.

I can’t explain it, but I felt the overwhelming presence of God in the middle of the therapy session, and so did the therapist.

I am so grateful that she recognized this was a sacred moment in my healing process.

5. Faith-Based Therapy Isn’t a Substitute For Belonging To A Faith Community.

It can be tempting to seek therapy and withdraw from attending the local church. Sometimes the process is painful, and we don’t want to confide in others what we are going through. But it is in that vulnerability in the community that healing takes root and flourishes.

And just as God spoke to us through the therapist, He will talk to us through His people.

Conclusion:

Finding a faith-based therapist is easier when we know what we are looking for from them.

Please consider sharing this article with your friends and coworkers. I recommend Faith and Mental Illness (13 Things You Need To Know Today) if you liked this article.

Thank you for reading.

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