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2 sources plus biblical integration
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1. Five questions that I would ask myself as I counsel those who are suffering are: What is my theory of healing? My theory of healing would be one where the counselor and the client work together to filter issues that are tugging at the client’s mental, spiritual and emotional well-being. Somewhere between the point of assessment and healing the two become mutually obedient in a relationship that will provide peace and a sense of self-awareness. I believe that healing does not take place all at once and that it is a process which leads me to question number 2. How does healing of the whole person, the mind, spirit, and body take place? I believe that healing in all these areas takes place first by submission of the client to want to get better and secondly by reminding ourselves that “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (NKJV/NIV, 1985). Another question is “Do I seek to use prayer both in and out of the counseling sessions?” I believe that prayer is a beautiful language between human beings and the Father and that God hears our cries and responds to them. I would also ask the question of what model of integration would I use with the client and would this model be appropriate to use with this particular client. Last, but not least, I would ask my client if they believed in God or had a relationship with God so that I would know if and when it was appropriate to proceed from a spiritual perspective with this person. I would tell my client that I alone could not remove the pain that they were suffering and that I could help them find hope by integrating my faith into the counseling session. Sometimes, it takes a personal perspective to make things come to life for those that are in a state of despair and hopelessness. I would also help my client confront any faulty thinking they have about suffering because there could be a number of reasons for the suffering and this would be one objective. I would also observe the body language and non-verbal signals of my client and extend a warm, genuine, compassionate welcome to them.
2. The guidelines counseling hurting people would be, (a) to practice, The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard, (McMinn, p. 11), (b) establish a counseling relationship the client can respect (p. 13) and will open up to the treatment, (c) serve wholeheartedly the client as if serving our Lord. Must have empathy (Presentation Week 4 Lecture one), (d) be an observer, active listening and watching for non-verbal signals, to be able to see if something is bothering the client (e) we must recognize our own brokenness. Our brokenness leads us to a relationship with God. (p. 19 & 20). This way we can help others through their brokenness.I would say to this client that we are both here to help you alleviate your pain. Counseling is a process to find the cause of your pain. I have methods to give you as we progress to find that cause and as I give them to you, you must use them. The pain did not show up one day, it has been mounting for some time. Let’s take time and we will work this process together. We will either get rid of it or learn to live with it. All things are possible through our Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t give up on me, you or the process. Let’s pray. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV