Biblical Counseling Essay

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Biblical Counseling vs. Secular Counseling
CCOU 201-D11 LOU: Introduction to Christian Counseling
Liberty University
24 April 2013

There is a need for effective biblical counseling now more than ever. As the world progresses to the stages prophesized anarchy God’s people as well as lost souls need the appropriate direction in life. Crabb clearly states in his introduction that the purpose his book, Effective Biblical Counseling, is to incorporate the principles and aspects of Christian counseling into the local churches (Crabb, 1977, p. 13). The tenets outlined in the text apply sound Biblical doctrine in conjunction with advanced psychological techniques. The intent of this paper is to enable the
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61). Crabb’s thesis merely states that problems will arise when the basic needs for significance and security are threatened (Crabb, 1977, p. 69). Sadly, people develop the wrong idea about what makes them significant or secure and then when they fail to achieve their fallible standard, their mental defense mechanisms take control and irrational behavior begins. Proverbs 23:7 – “As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he.” If the inappropriate behavior continues for long periods, mental illness may ensue. According the text, mental illness is a person with unresolved unconscious conflicts (Crabb, 1977, p. 69). A form of psychotherapy called Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that combines therapies, which help individuals recognize the erroneous thinking patterns along with their incorrect behavioral responses is increasingly successful (Andrews, 2010, p. 112). Cognitive traits, behavioral traits, and emotional traits are all learned responses, so the CBT goal-oriented process works primarily from the inclusion of both the therapist and client having active roles in treatment. Christian counseling is very much the same, but there are three actively participating in the treatment, the counselor, the client, and the

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