There are times in all our lives when we may need some 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. 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 to be the person we feel we were created by God to be.
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 would mean 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, his/her Catholic faith.
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. It 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, for Love. This is worlds away from the secular outlook! We consider God’s will, as in “Thy will be done.”
Secular therapists say that they are “value neutral.” As a society, we have been drowning in this secular nonsense for decades. We know the truth: God is good! In fact, He is the source of all goodness; so therefore, no good exists outside of God! Since healing is good, another truth follows: All healing comes from God! Thus, God is the source of all healing; there is no healing outside of Him!
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