Anyone suffering from depression understands that it isn’t always easy to find the help they need. In many areas of the country, counseling isn’t available and when it is, there is often a long wait to get in for that initial appointment. Unfortunately, when depression is keeping you from living a quality life, you need help, and you need it now.
In addition, it can be even more difficult to locate a Christian counselor who is qualified to address the issues you are having. The good news is, there is a way to find the help you need quickly with a faith-based Christian counselor. Let’s take a look at some of your options.
Often someone seeking a therapist is a bit wary of working with someone who might not share their Christian beliefs. With Christianity as the foundation of your life, you want to know that the counselor you are working with understands the precepts of your faith and how that may have a bearing on the depression you are suffering from.
If there are no faith-based Christian therapists in your area, you have the option to find one online. Have you thought of researching a comparison website where you can get a closer look at the resources available? You can be linked through to each online service to get detailed program information straight from the source.
One of the obstacles in the path of finding someone to work with you on depression is a fear of baring your soul to someone, especially someone you know within your community. Some churches do offer faith-based therapy but are you going to be able to share those deep, dark thoughts hidden deep within? Are you able to voice those emotions that are weighing you down without feeling like that person will somehow think less of you in terms of your faith?
This fear can also be addressed by finding an online therapist because it will be someone you don’t know and in whom you can feel confident will not judge you for what you are going through. A Christian therapist, or any therapist for that matter, should not be judgmental but still we are often faced with that fear. This is especially true if we are struggling with depression as a result of these uncertain times in which we live. A good Christian therapist can help you find hope even in your darkest hours of doubt.
Unfortunately, there may not be a Christian support group in your city or town that is set up for people suffering from depression just like you are. Here again, the faith-based therapist may very well have support groups that meet online. Many groups meet through applications like Zoom where they are in a cyber room with others who are getting therapy just like you are.
These are your peers who are also struggling with depression and seeking guidance and support in their walk with Christ. You will find that even the disciples faced moments of fear, doubt, and depression so it is not something to be ashamed of. By opening up in group, you just may find that these dark thoughts you experience are more common than you have been led to believe.
You may want to do a bit of reading and research prior to working with a therapist you’ve found online. As mentioned above, you can start with a comparison website to see what services are available. Take the time to read through some reviews of that Christian counseling service to see what others have experienced and if you get a good feel for that particular service’s foundation in faith.
This is of vital importance to a Christian seeking help with depression. You will want to know that the therapist you work with is not only licensed to practice as a counselor but that they are also well-versed in the foundation of your faith. This is especially important because it is easy to sink even deeper into despair if you feel like you are not living a faith-filled life simply because you are suffering from depression.