The Relationship between Faith and Change
As a therapist, people often ask me what the keys are to an individual or relational change. As a Christian, people often ask me how faith influences my work. Although I don’t have formal training as a Christian Counselor, I certainly use faith in my work whenever possible. Whether ascribing to Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or any one of the many faiths celebrated on this planet, faith can be a very strong agent for change.
I help plenty of people for whom faith in God is not an integral part of their lives or not present at all in their daily existence. While faith is not a requirement for change or change in therapy, it is definitely one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. Even if you don’t believe in a higher power, most can appreciate that believing in something greater than yourself certainly has the potential to influence change.
I always tell my clients in our first session together that I don’t see myself as responsible for the change, only for guiding the process. I see myself as a conduit through which clients and God use my skill set to affect people’s relationships, mental health, and lives. I have had clients tell me time and again that they have only seen true change once they relinquish control to God and let Him take the reins. In fact, I could tell you numerous instances in my own life in which that’s true.
Regardless of your personal religious beliefs, I encourage you to discuss those beliefs with your therapist or counselor. You may be surprised by how helpful it can be. If you’re looking for a therapist, I encourage you to check out our therapists and find one that would be a good fit for you. All of our therapists have one goal in mind, and that’s helping you achieve lasting change, and faith can certainly be a great tool to that end.
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