Why Catholic Faith-based Counseling Is So Important

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Janice Carbon

Janice Carbon

Sometimes Life Comes with Bumps and Bruises

There are times in our lives when we may need professional counseling.It may come in a situation with one of our children that we are not so sure how to handle. Or it may be that there are issues in our marriage that we want to talk over with a trusted, independent person who has the appropriate knowledge to help. Or it can simply be that we want to improve ourselves and our lives. We may be feeling stuck in a rut and not sure what we need to do to get ourselves free so that we can be the person God created us to be.

How to Find the Right Professional

With so many professionals out there, how do you pick the right person to work with?  

The single most important factor is to find someone who understands and shares your core value base. For us Catholics, that means someone who is a practicing Catholic, living a life true to the Magisterium of the Church. You want someone who not only knows, but cherishes, our Catholic faith.

Your pastor or parish office might have a list of Catholic therapists in your area. If not, you can search for Catholic therapists in your area at CatholicTherapists.com.

Why a Catholic Professional Is so Important

One of the main problems with secular counseling is that psychology puts the self at the center of things. It is all about discovering the self and actualizing the self.  The problem is that everything is directed by what the self wants. In simple terms, the approach taken by secular counseling comes down to “my will be done.”

Catholics, on the other hand, respect the life and unique personhood of each individual. And we see our lives in a much larger context.

  • We have an eternal perspective.
  • We see ourselves as sons and daughters of a loving God.
  • We are creatures created by a divine Creator.
  • We believe that we are created by Love, out of Love, and for Love.

This is worlds away from the secular outlook!

As Catholics, we cannot settle for “my will be done.” We know that only leads to frustration. Instead, we must consider God’s will, as in “Thy will be done,” for we know that true and lasting happiness can only be found in God.

There Is No Such Thing as Neutral

Secular therapists say that they are “value neutral.” As a society, we have been drowning in this secular nonsense for decades. But we know the truth: God is good! God is the source of all goodness, and no good exists outside of God! And if this is case, then another truth naturally follows: All healing comes from God! And since God is the source of all healing; there is no healing outside of Him. This is why it is so important to seek counseling from a professional that shares your Catholic faith. To seek healing without God can only end in frustration.

If you find yourself in need of counseling, pray to God and seek help from your pastor, your parish family, and from a Catholic therapist.

Janice Carbon is a Catholic Counseling Professional. She is also the author of Fully Alive! now available through Tau Publishing.

Copyright 2013 Janice Carbon

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9 Comments

  1. Mary Wallace on

    My newest friend, Janice!!! My kids are still talking about reviewing your book!! God Bless, Janice!!!

  2. Excellent article! Thank you so much for these words of wisdom, Janice! Oh… and I LOVE your book!

  3. Yes, I couldn’t agree more. That’s why it took my a few years to find the right counselor and I now drive an hour and a half to meet with her. I couldn’t imagine seeing a non catholic therapist. All of the healing I’ve experienced through therapy has had catholic truth at it’s root.

    • Janice Carbon on

      Thanks, Erin for confirming what I believe with all my heart. I am happy that you have found your wonderful Catholic therapist! God’s blessings to both of you!

  4. Indeed, finding a Catholic counselor is essential. Erin is spot on when she says there is no such things as neutral. As a professional counselor I have witnessed the progression of the counseling field first hand. I sat through classes where we were told we have to strip ourselves of values in order to let the client’s values have dominance. Secular counselors are supposed to be a kind of blank slate helping clients define for themselves what is good, healthy and normal. At the same time, the field has become progressively at odds with the teachings of our Catholic faith. It was the American Psychological Association that removed homosexuality from the directory of mental disorders in 1974. That trend has continued so that secular counselors today are expected to normalize aberrant sexual attractions. Abortion, cohabitation, and more problems have all been normalized within the field. For these reasons it is essential to find Catholic counselors who understand and stay true to the Catholic faith. I have a Catholic counseling practice that operates across Texas in Houston, Katy, San Antonio and Sugar Land, and with all the Catholic and parishioners we serve I have also seen the grace-filled experiences that counseling offers to so many people who are hurting, confused, and looking for hope, clarity and guidance. Thanks be to God for Catholic counselors and Catholic marriage and family therapists. They offer hope within a professional field that is straying from what is true, good and beautiful.

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