As the years pass on, it seems the world is becoming less focused on faith. Importance is being put on money and clout, especially due to the advancement of technology and social media. And while this has, for some part, made some people’s lives better financially, the same cannot be said about the impact on our mental health.
People are suffering far more mentally in today’s world than ever before. Although there are many factors at play, the primary driving force behind this is due to work-related stress, social media pressures and possibly a considerable lack of faith. Money is considered the be the end all be all. Let’s think about how this has impacted people on a whole, especially from a mental standpoint.
Because people are developing mental disorders at a more exponential rate than before, there is a huge demand for licensed professional psychologists. Gone are the days where people who were experiencing depression wouldn’t even give therapy a thought. The taboo and stigma around therapy and mental health support is evaporating. However, problems still persist as many people aren’t really getting what they need out of therapy and the mental health supports. According to the New York Times, “ineffective therapy is disturbingly common.”
This seems farfetched, right? Imagine a person walking into a professional’s office, expecting to receive the best care, and care that works, especially with the high cost of therapy. Sure, it’s true that people in general can sometimes have bad experiences with all things in life, but when it comes to your mental health, it can be lasting.
Talk Therapy Vs. Faith Based Therapy
Just like in the New York Times article, many therapists will tell you that in order for therapy to work, it depends on several factors. In hopes of quick cures to their problems, something that usually takes a significant investment, people begin to lose their trust in traditional talk therapy.
If you are someone who has been brought up with some degree of religious upbringing there is an non-medical intervention that has been considered very effective when it comes to instilling hope. A focusing on therapy in a traditional religious setting is another approach to the stress and mental health issues many of us face on a day to day basis and has been in place for thousands of years. This type of therapy service can still offer you access to fully licensed psychologists, but their approach to the therapy session can be revealed “through the lens of the Bible.”
Is Faith Based Counseling Better For You?
There is no clear-cut answer to this question, as therapy is different for every single person. However, this type of therapy combines the use of academic rigour, while incorporating biblical principles into the therapy session. Thus, you get a more “complete” session, which in turns leads to more of a chance for success if other methods haven’t worked for you over the years.
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