Biblical Counseling

Biblical Counseling Michael Rudolph

The goal of all counseling, whether biblical or secular, is to help the counselee change themselves in such a way that their lives improve. Counseling does not directly change anyone or anything other than the counselee and within the context of their own lives. It does not try to change the person’s spouse, their children nor one’s parents.

Counseling cannot change a person’s boss, nor one’s finances. The only change sought is in the counselee’s own behavior and reactions to his or her circumstances.

The underlying assumption of all counseling is that change is possible. Each kind of counseling has its own theories for why that change is possible, and offers methods for achieving it.

Freudian counseling, for example, assumes the existence of a subconscious, an id and an ego, and supposes that certain  influences or occurrences in a person’s past is the cause of current distress. Freudian therapy therefore seeks to probe  back in time in order to change a person’s current feelings and responses to life’s circumstances.

Read the full article here: October ’21 Issue 2