Essay on Who Is Secular Counseling Falls Short?

1813 Words May 10th, 2016 8 Pages
Facing Crisis
There are many crises people face throughout their lives. The definition of a crisis is, “a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person 's life.” (Dictionary.com). When we face crisis, emotionally and spiritually we are looking for healing. Ultimately, secular counseling falls short because it can only address the emotional hurt and not the spiritual hurt. From the beginning of time, humankind was meant to be in relationship with God and receive counseling from Him (Adams). According to Crabb, in Christian counseling there is an ultimate goal, which is spiritual maturity. A more in depth description would be, to receive direction and guidance from a professional as to how one should restructure, renew, and restore their lives to please God by becoming more Christlike (Crabb). Through this process, the client then begins to be less concerned with personal happiness and more concerned with pleasing God and serving him (Crabb). Ultimately, we cannot be happy and whole while not pleasing God. The three crises I will discuss in this paper are depression, eating disorders, and divorce. All three of these issues can cause lasting damage on an individual and only God has the answers to bring them wholeness. Depression is defined as, “a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.” (Dictionary.com). In general, everyone has the ability to feel depressed at some…

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