Counseling: The Role of Christian Counselors
Why Do People Need Counseling?
We can simply answer the question about why people need counselors. -- They have problems.
The Role of Christian Counselors in Helping People with Their Problems
Which of the following responses would you choose?
- People need counselors to tell them how to solve their problems.
- People need counselors to let them talk about their problems.
- People need counselors to help them solve their problems.
If you chose "A", consider this:
Counseling needs to be more than the giving of advice. To always use a directive approach is to foster a dependency on you as a counselor.
If you chose "B", consider this:
While talking about one's problems can be therapeutic, people need more than a release of their feelings.
If you chose "C":
People need to resolve their problems, not just talk about them. How much more effective it is if the counselor takes on the role of a facilitator, guide, or catalyst rather than a dictator or manipulator.
The People Helping Ministry Manual includes a section on counseling with the content on this page along with a few needs that may or may not be met as a result of these approaches. The manual also includes the following topics about helping people through counseling:
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