A 4-MAT Review, Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling
In conjunction with The American Association of Christian Counselor and Tyndale House Publishers, Mark McMinn wrote: Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian counseling (1996). McMinn has tried to integrate psychology and theology and it seeks to explore how to utilize spiritual disciplines in the counseling techniques of psychotherapy. He shows the importance of integrating prayer, forgiveness, redemption, restitution, and worship into the techniques of helping a counselee.
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McMinn points out that the Scriptures are rarely used in the counseling relationship (McMinn, 1996). As he states: ``our knowledge of God, self and Scripture are all interrelated, but our capacity to understand any one of these elements will add to our ability to
understand the others “(McMinn, 1996). Counselors (secular and some Christians) tends to help their clients by seeking for answers within themselves and believe that they can learn to solve their own problems. If a Christian counselor learns to seek God through the use of Scriptures for the truth and learns to provide these truth during an appropriate time with their clients.
Dealing with the issue of sin can be tough in the counselor’s technique. Clients tend to either blame themselves for their problems or they may turn the blame onto someone else. By helping the client gain an understanding of what is sin and where sin began (original sin) can provide a means of hope when we give our sins to God. By helping those through confessing their sins to God can lead to a deeper relationship with a loving and forgiving God.
Confession will then lead a client into receiving forgiveness for God and learning to forgive them. Christian counselors see that true forgiveness is when one becomes aware of their own personal sins and in turn forgives other out of compassion and kindness. When one learns about God’s forgiveness and how it will lead to their redemption, they will then come to see that they are now a new creation with God.
I use to do counseling at a Christian crisis pregnancy center where I saw the importance of integrating spiritual disciplines in my counseling. Many of the girls I counseled did not know about God’s love and forgiveness. They feel that because they have had premarital sex that God will not love them or forgive them.
Personally I have also found it hard to deal with my own personal sin. I have fought through spiritual life in believing I am worthy of God’s love and forgiveness. In McMinn’s book he states that: “In Christian counseling, sin can be confronted in humble and empathic ways that encourage spiritual growth more than shame. These methods include silence at strategic moments, pondering aloud inconsistencies in client’s narratives, and questioning clients in order to understand their values of right and wrong” (McMinn, 1996). After working at the crisis pregnancy center I saw that the use of strategic silence tended to be the best means in helping the girls. Sometimes I wished that my own personal counselors would have learned when not to speak and sometimes even preach. I knew that I may have done things that were wrong but I also now know that how we address someone’s sinful nature we need to be careful that we do not judge or block our counselee progress.
After reading McMinn book, I remember one of my favorite client’s. Corisa (name changed), was a 16 year old girl that can in four months pregnant and...