RELIGION AND THEOLOGY 3
What are the most crucial therapeutic uses of scripture incounseling?
In Christian counseling especially, scriptures play a crucial role inthe remedial, healing and restorative process of the client. Amongthe most common therapeutic uses of scripture in counseling includescognitive therapy. The reading of scriptures that directly relates tothe topic in hand in the session such as, ways of dealing withjealousy, hatred, an adulterous life among others (Aten, 2013). It isdone to remind the client of God’s presence and one can write downthe scripture and carry it around. Another use of scripture is whenit supports certain forms of counseling such as religious imagery innature of dreams. When the counseling session does not contradict tothe scripture, scriptures may be used. Lastly, it becomes verycrucial knowing when the scripture contradicts to certain forms ofcounseling.
What are the cautions or possible negative impacts regarding the useof prayer in counseling?
Prayer does not always positively influence a client’s life in acounseling session especially when misinterpreted (Aten, 2013). WhenGod’s answer fails to agree with the counselee’s answer, then itbecomes a good reason for him or her to turn against God if thecounselor fails in advising and following up. Secondly, in case of anintercessor prayer, the client assumes his or her responsibility topray and takes it as the counselor’s. The third caution iscontemplative prayers. Especially where the client’s foundation isnot build on Christianity, the client may fail to follow up. In thelight of a healing relationship, the client may end up depending moreon the counselor than God. Finally, in the light of sense of need,the client may hope immediate results, and when the happen, one endsup feeling better than connecting with God.
Aten, J. D. ( 2013). Evidence-basedpractices for Christian counseling and psychotherapy.Downers Grove, Illinois : InterVarsity Press.