Can I still see a Christian psychologist if I am not a Christian?

If your feel you want to make an appointment with a Christian psychologist then it is likely to be worth the effort to act upon this feeling.

In Christian teaching, God uses various methods and manners by which to reveal himself to non-Christians in the hope that they may come to know and accept Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour, receiving the blessings of such a decision.

An urge for you to see a Christian psychologist may be God providing you direction for the purpose of bringing you to greater understanding of your problems as can be understood within Christian-based values taught through the Bible and the life of Jesus.

It is important to understand, however, that direct communication of Biblical Scripture will only occur between a client and Christian psychologist when the cultural context and personal world view of the client encourages and supports this to occur within his/her therapeutic relationship with the psychologist.

If, as a non-Christian, you meet with a Christian psychologist, you may encounter through the counselling process, subtle reference and advisory counsel that ascribes to those qualities promoted in Biblical teachings. This will be done, however, without direct communication of Biblical Scripture unless outwardly requested or encouraged by you.

Ultimately, Christian based values such as an aspiration towards love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control (Galatians 5:22) will be integrated within evidence based treatment regimes where this is appropriate. This will assist in developing a balance between the reduction of negative symptoms and improvement of a client’s sense of meaning, purpose and balance in life.




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