People seek counseling for a variety of reasons. Christian counseling matters. It helps. Church leaders that refer - get the people the help they need and free up their time.
Why does Counseling matter? Especially Christian counseling.
I. Gives People Hope.
II. Gives people a person who can listen. There is just something about the ministry of presence.
III. Gives Direction.
IV. Give reassurance. Am I doing this right? What direction can I go etc.
V. Peace of mind. Sometimes we need to know we are doing the right thing.
VI. Gives people some patience. Just like in the movie: "What about Bob?" Gives time and direction.
VII. Taking Baby Steps. Just like Rome wasn't built in a day - these issues we deal with won't go away in a day's time either. Taking it one step at a time.
VIII. Brings back Joy. People want joy in their life. Not that there will always be "happiness" but joy and contentment.
IX. Helps with the Unknown. So often we fear that of which we cannot control. Focus on that of which we can. Know the stories, the facts and go from there ...not the "But this will or that she or he said ..." focus on what you can control not what you can't.
X. Helps get the forest out of your own eye, not the speck in your brother's.
We like to place blame, or admit we don't have a "Problem." etc. The only person can fix you is you. I've heard of a lot of church leaders willing to refer to Christian counseling for others, but they themselves not go. (which is a danger sign in my own opinion). Counseling is a good thing and help people to focus on the main thing - that of pointing others to Jesus as well. Christian counseling matters.
Other thoughts or reasons you would give?