Good Therapy: How to Find it.

therapy-480x280Instead of rewriting the book we found this great article on how to find a good Christian therapist. Townsend writes, “Good therapy begins with a good therapist. There are certain key capacities and qualities to look for in a therapist. The first of these is the capacity to apply both grace and truth together. Let me explain.

As you enter the growth process, you will need to keep in mind what Jesus said about it—he said, “It isn’t easy.” That’s my abbreviated version; the original is in Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Don’t ever think that good Christian therapy is Epcott or Disneyland—it is hard work. You look at what you don’t want to look at, admit what you don’t want to admit, confront what you don’t want to confront, and take responsibility for much more than you ever dreamed you’d have to, but that’s what the narrow gate is about.

Good therapy is going to involve pain at some level. That’s because God’s solution to the wrong kind of pain is giving us the right kind of pain—the pain of becoming an honest person, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, making connections with other people. Good therapy is not about making us feel better all the time. If all your therapist does is nod and confirm, like the little dog figure in the back of your car, you are receiving what we call “grace without truth.” The opposite extreme would be the therapist who’ll tell you your problem without giving you the support you need to bear the truth. That’s truth without grace. Good therapists give you both—truth and grace.”

Find more of Townsend’s advice here!

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