Monday, September 28, 2020

Christian Counseling Pentecostal Counseling Definitions

There are many definitions of Christian counseling. In this post, I offer a basic definition and refer you to a book chapter for more details.

I begin with a basic definition of counseling then add variations on a theme. I hope this helps as a place to start.

Counseling is a collaborative process involving at least one counselor and one client who work together on a plan to reach a client’s goals within the context of the client’s worldview and culture.

Christian counseling is a collaborative process involving at least one counselor and one client who include God’s presence through prayer and scripture as they work together on a plan to reach a client’s goals within the context of the client’s Christian worldview and culture.

Pentecostal or Charismatic Christian counseling is a collaborative process involving at least one counselor and one client who depend on the Holy Spirit to guide them through prayer, scripture, spiritual gifts, and spiritual experiences as they work together on a plan to reach a client’s goals within the context of the client’s Pentecostal worldview and Pentecostal culture.

These are taken from Sutton (2020, pp 179-180).


Reference

Sutton, G. W. (2020). Counseling and psychotherapy with Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians: Culture & Research | Assessment & Practice. Springfield, MO: Sunflower.  ISBN-13 : 979-8681036524 AMAZON

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