When you have a mental health disorder, a variety of treatments can help improve your condition. When you have a close connection to your Christian faith and spirituality, none may be as effective as faith-based counseling.
With faith-based counseling, familiar Christian concepts, beliefs, and principles are incorporated into your treatment to help you cope with your mental or emotional challenges. Doing this can help you to process your emotions, stressors, and life events in a way that’s familiar to you.
Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP, at Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services in Uniondale, New York, takes a spiritual approach to treatment and can incorporate Christian values into your care. We take time to learn about your belief system and what values are important to you before personalizing a treatment plan based on your condition.
Here’s a look at 10 conditions that we can help improve through faith-based counseling.
When you’re struggling with depression, you may lose your connection to your higher power. If you feel abandoned or alone in your depression, it can cause your symptoms to worsen.
Through faith-based counseling, we can help you to establish and strengthen your bond to your Christianity to help you feel more connected and boost your mood.
When anxiety takes hold, your faith can help keep you grounded and present. Because we use concepts and principles of Christianity that are familiar to you, it can lessen your anxiety so you can start processing your anxiety triggers.
3. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma
When you experience a traumatic event, it can leave you questioning your faith. But when you’ve been through an intense life event, your faith can make the difference in moving through it.
There is often a spiritual element to trauma and PTSD, and with faith-based counseling, we can help to improve your condition while healing your soul.
4. Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder can leave you feeling unstable and like you can’t get a hold of your life. Getting in touch with your spirituality can help you feel more grounded and in control.
Faith-based counseling can help you get the stability and consistency you need to help better manage your condition.
When you’re grieving, it may be more important than ever to feel connected to your higher power. Our supportive team can incorporate faith-based practices to help you cope with and move past your grief.
In times of stress it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. If your Christianity is a priority, incorporating those values and principles into treatment can greatly reduce your stress. Staying connected to those values can help you manage stress in the long term.
7. Substance abuse
An addiction to alcohol or drugs can leave you feeling ashamed and judged, which can keep you from getting the help you need.
With faith-based counseling, you can effectively work through your feelings of shame and secrecy so you can break free from your substance abuse and rebuild your connection with your higher power.
8. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
ADHD can cause you or your adolescent to experience problems at home, school, or work. ADHD symptoms mean you can be forgetful, absentminded, or constantly moving.
Using the principles of Christianity, we can help you create some stability and structure in your life so you can better manage the symptoms of ADHD.
9. Low self-esteem
Low self-esteem can take a toll on your mental health and your ability to function in the world. Through faith-based counseling, we use spiritual principles and values to help you develop healthy and positive self-esteem, and help you understand your worth.
10. Life challenges
Faith-based counseling can also help when you’re experiencing difficulties in your life such as career challenges or relationship problems. Getting in touch with your spirituality, emotions, and thoughts in a nonjudgmental setting can help you get more in tune with your needs and what you want in life so you can improve your relationships at home and at work.
To find out more about faith-based counseling and how it can help you, call our office or send us a message online today.