The best way I can think of to explain why I chose Christian counseling is to use an analogy even though analogies are never perfect. When someone has an infection and that infection causes pain, pain medication is extremely helpful to relax the body so the antibiotic can more effectively heal the infection. However, pain medication will never heal the wound.
It has been my experience that Jesus is more like the “antibiotic” and psychiatric counseling with all the wonderful therapies and prescriptions works more like “pain medication.” It is extremely helpful and not to be dismissed but it doesn’t have the power to heal our wounds. That is not to say that we shouldn’t take advantage of ALL the help God gives us. I believe in gratefully accepting all the aids that are available to us to relieve our pain and help us deal with our dysfunction. And yet, wouldn’t it be better to get rid of the infection that is causing that pain and dysfunction? I believe Jesus is the One who can do that.
When I was attending Ashland Theological Seminary several professors encouraged us to specialize in a specific area since counseling is such a broad field. I have found that my specialty is helping people understand the healing power of Jesus Christ. We were created to love and be loved. Love makes us whole. Fear and shame along with our brokenness both physically and emotionally interferes with our ability to receive and return that love. Jesus frees us from our fear and heals our brokenness. Jesus puts us right with God and that healed relationship makes us whole.