As a general rule, both Christian counseling and secular counseling share the same desire to help people overcome their challenges, find meaning and joy in life, and become healthy and well-adjusted individuals, both mentally and emotionally.
However, Christian counseling is distinct from secular counseling in that Christian counseling integrates both the Psychological and Theological (Biblical) teachings.
Seeking Biblical Counseling
The Bible is clear that we often need the wise counsel of others, especially those who are mature in the faith (Rom. 15:14; Gal. 6:1; Prov. 24:6). We dare not be independent Christians, living apart from the body of Christ of which we are members. We desperately need one another, just as my hand needs my arm and the rest of my body to function (1 Cor. 12:12-31). Those who are strong need to warn the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone (1 Thess. 5:14). Thus we need counsel; but make sure that it’s biblical counsel, because, “There is no wisdom and no understanding and no counsel against the Lord” (Prov. 21:30). “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered” (Prov. 28:26).