Biblical Applications in Counseling
One of the most difficult aspects of counseling is accepting when boundaries can be crossed for the betterment of a client and knowing when those boundaries should be respected no matter the outcome. Incorporating religion and spirituality into counseling can often be problematic in the sense that not everyone has the same views on the matter. In fact, not all therapists in the field of counseling agree that blending therapy and religion is effective or appropriate. However, for Christians who seek assistance, gaining knowledge on their situation, learning new coping mechanisms, and still incorporating the Bible as a reference tools serves a an excellent therapeutic method.
The journal article reflected on different ideas that arise in counseling, such as combining the Bible in therapy. For the most part, scripture based therapy serves as another avenue for clients to heal and find healthy coping mechanisms that will help them in their daily lives. However, this practice is only effective if there is confirmation that the client is comfortable incorporating scripture as a form of therapy intervention. Some but not all counselors believe that including scripture or religion for that matter should not be permitted; it could lead to problems in the therapist-client relationships if any disagreements may arise. Counselors do not have knowledge about every religion or spiritual practice; although it is recommended that they take the time to learn not only about different religions or beliefs but also about other cultures. Only by doing so are counselors able to become well rounded in assisting clients from all backgrounds and not limit or discriminate clients for being uninformed.
Scripture intervention is also helpful to clients who are not necessarily Christian. The bible serves as a reference to provide clients hope and guidance in times of trouble in the same way Christians read it on a daily basis. For instance, the article discussed a client (Garzon, 2005) who was from a Christian background who chose to integrate scripture into his therapy because he felt it was his only hope of recovery. Isaiah 61: 1 says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (NKJV). For a person as wounded as the client presented in the article who came from a childhood of abuse caused by his father, suicidal tendencies and thoughts, an emotional absentee mother, counselors are able to compile a number of scripture driven therapeutic techniques that would be helpful in his recovery (Garzon, 2005). Nonetheless, instead of the client using the scripture and his new found relationship with God as a stepping stone to improve his life, he seems to have acquired all the negative elements of his life and used the bible to condemn...