Christ-Centered Family Counseling
Christian family counseling generally involves three main areas: 1) problems or issues in general, such as difficulty communicating, a loss of closeness, etc. 2) personal problems that develop or occur within the family. 3) loss of a sense of God’s principles for the family.
The need for family counseling cannot be emphasized enough, even for Christians, because we live in a world that often encourages the destruction of the family. As Christians, we additionally recognize the presence of an enemy, on the prowl to devour (1 Peter 5:8) families.
From the beginning, strong families have been part of God’s plan for His creation, and Satan is vehemently against this precious tradition. If we need evidence that we are in trouble, just take a look at the divorce rate both in Christian and non-christian environments.
Christian Family Counseling Deals With Underlying Issues
Christian family counseling seeks to address problems and issues. If problems are not dealt with in a timely manner, they can fester and bring further devastation to a family. While problems are common to every family, Christians have the means to solve them. Think of it as deflecting a virus before it takes hold of our bodies. An appropriate response may not prevent the virus, but it can help us weather the storm and rebound stronger as a result.
So in families, it is important to recognize and acknowledge problems early. Family counseling brings attention to these problems and helps resolve them. Prevalent problems include poor communication, a lack of closeness or intimacy, avoidance, or anger.
At the root of many of these problems is often denial and pride. We often believe we can solve our own problems. This can be aggravating in a family, especially when one family member recognizes a need for help and the other family members refuse. The Bible tells us to examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5). This principle would also include families, so if there are issues that need resolution, counseling is a godly choice.
Family Counseling Focuses On Relationships
Problems may also be relational, a result of not knowing how to interact, whether emotionally, intellectually, or physically. Other serious problems that could develop might be lying, adultery, pornography, emotional wounds, mental conditions, etc. When these problems are not dealt with, they represent a potentially crushing threat to the family.
Christian family counseling helps us refocus on our priorities. It’s easy for us to get distracted and lose sight of what and who is important. In addition to helping us find solutions to problems and issues, Christian family counseling can provide marital and relationship-building techniques. By offering precepts from God’s Word, good Christian family counseling can help quench the “viruses” that affect and harm our relationships.
God Cares About Families
Christian family counseling can help us deal with the problems that threaten to tear apart our lives. Effective counseling reassures us that God cares and that He desires to be a central part in our family. We can learn principles from God’s Word that will remind us in days to come of God’s ideals for husbands and wives (Ephesians 5:21-33; 1 Peter 3:1-11) and their children. Christian family counselors share and encourage these precepts.
How is your family relationships? Is there a virus threatening to take hold? Does your relationships need realignment? Are you and your spouse following a biblical precedent? Are your children experiencing distress, rebellion, or other issues? Our Christian family counselors can help.
If you are wanting to setup an appointment for family counseling, there are two ways to setup an appointment with one of our counselors: 1) Fill out the Contact Form and a counselor will call you with 24-hours; 2) Call our offices at 303-933-5800.