Nazareth Ministries
Saturday, March 07, 2015

About How Retreat Counseling Work?

How Does Retreat Counseling Work?

Retreat Counseling uses a relationship centered approach. Relationship Centered Counseling is a process that involves the Christ/Believer relationship and uses spiritual resources for all counseling and interventions to demonstrate God's love and care as a way to offer effective, long-lasting help. Relationship Centered Counseling is the way to deepen your relationship with God through Christ. Counseling using the biblical message is helpful for Christian clergy and leaders suffering from a wide range of difficulties and prefer to seek God's guidance. These difficulties can range from emotional distress, worry, fatigue, depression, personal unhappiness, bitterness, guilt, sexual impurity, low self-esteem, rebellion, insecurity, pride, selfishness, unforgiveness, jealousy, marital strife, fears, a significant loss, to varies spiritual conflicts. Relationship Centered Counseling can also help fulfill and jump start aspirations for a closer and more intimate relationship with God as well as personal and spiritual growth in the interior life.

Christians clergy and leaders are interested in more than human ability with its patterns and ways of coping with life that exclude God. Relationship Centered Counseling works because it doesn't rely solely on human effort, or merely helping people make choices independent of God, but it considers prayer, God's presence, the Word of God, God's guidance, and the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.  For practicing Christians it is their lifestyle to respond by faith to the finished work of Christ on the cross, instead of simply relying on their own strength, or just the support of others. It supports individuals in depending on the Loving , infinite, and personal God of the Holy Scriptures to help them make choices, it helps them become more aware of God's presence through their issues and concerns, and it helps them in taking responsibility through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

Relationship centered counseling works because it encourages people with specific issues and concerns to learn to trust and rely on God in order to cope spiritually, to live more responsibly, and to abstain from negative thinking and behaviors. It is important to remember no counseling program in the world can set a person free, only Christ can set an individual free. The empowering presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers not only changes how a person behaves, but also what he/she believes when coupled with the innate measure of faith in  the Holy Scripture regarding God's promises and God's provisions. Counseling that excludes prayer, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit "may" help a person cope and behave properly in society, but Christ is the only true liberator from the bondage, obstacles, and weight of sin. Most counseling help you "do" what is right, Relationship Centered counseling encourages you to "be" what is right. Relationship Centered counseling ties in with spiritual practices and real-life transformation experiences related to spiritual growth and development.


When should Christian clergy and leaders Seek Therapy

Christians clergy and leaders are human and experience the same problems as everyone else in the world. Sometimes you need to talk to someone, someone who can help you in both a practical and spiritual way.  When you feel like you can't do it alone... When you feel trapped, like there's nowhere to turn... When you worry all the time, and never seem to find the answers... When the way you feel is affecting your sleep, your eating habits, your job, your faith, your relationships, your everyday life... When even the advice offered by family or well-meaning friends doesn't really help you feel any better. Recognizing the need for help is a good first step towards improvement.
Relationship Centered counseling can be of real benefit, providing help for a wide range of problems. It can also help individuals learn to deepen their trust in God and learn to depend on Him when a crisis arises. Relationship Centered Counseling has one clear and definite purpose: that something life changing will come out of it for you that will strengthen your relationship with God, yourself, and others.

Some of the most common reasons for seeking help from Relationship Centered Counseling include:

Emotional Distress

From time to time, everyone experiences emotional pain. But sometimes the distress is particularly severe or long-lasting and interferes with your ability to function in your daily life. If you are experiencing this type of emotional distress that is persistent and is not going away easily, then Relationship Centered counseling can help relieve the symptoms, address the underlying causes for your distress, and provide you with help in restoring emotional well-being as you learn to trust and depend on God.

Personal Growth

Relationship Centered counseling can help you overcome obstacles that have kept you from reaching your goals and becoming the person God wants you to be. If you have dealt with being stuck or unfulfilled, then Relationship Centered Counseling can help you learn more about yourself, others, and how you can live your life with deeper personal and spiritual satisfaction.

Relationship Issues

Your issues and concerns may be coming from difficulties in your relationship with a spouse, parent, child, co-worker or someone else. Relationship Centered Counseling can be valuable in helping you understand the root of the problem and provide you with the understanding and skills you need to improve the relationship.

Coping Mechanisms

Sometimes emotional distress or relationship problems are associated with coping mechanisms, such as excessive shyness, poor communication,  no problem solving skills, lack of assertiveness, or inability to control anger. Relationship Centered Counseling can enable you to acquire or strengthen skills that can benefit many of the most important areas and relationships of your life.


Experiencing a break from someone who is important to you (through death, separation. break-up, divorce; etc) can result in great emotional pain. Relationship Centered Counseling can be significantly helpful in coping with the loss.

Identity Problems/Esteem

Victims of low self-esteem can feel so overwhelmed by feelings of inferiority, lack of significance, or unworthiness that their ability to function effectively in everyday life is significantly impaired. Relationship Centered Counseling can help provide a safe, confidential setting in which to discuss insecurity issues with a caring, supportive person and find ways to move forward with your life.

Spiritual Conflicts 

While it may be embarrassing to talk about ongoing sinful activities, back-sliding conditions, and uncertainties about one's relationship with God  these are very common problems in the Christian clergy and leadership Community. Relationship Centered Counseling can help bring understanding to one's spiritual conflicts and help individuals overcome issues and concerns that may be impairing their Christian lifestyle.

 Other issues and concerns

The Christian clergy and leadership Community has many issues and concerns not listed above. It is our mission is to help clients to recover their emotional and spiritual balance, with interior healing provided for us in the finished work of Christ on the cross, so they can live the life God intended for them to live. Relationship Centered Counseling, at Nazareth Ministries, is committed to helping people grow personally and spiritually.  Our orientation also offers an excellent opportunity for individuals to discover their identity in Christ, know God in a deeper way, and learn ways to become independently depended on God for their issues and concerns. He is the Wonderful Counselor and when individuals come to know God in a more deep and intimate way, they will begin to make it a practice to rely on him in every area of their life.