What Should a Christian Expect in Marriage Counseling?

What Should a Christian Expect in Marriage Counseling?

What Should a Christian Expect in Marriage Counseling

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins
(1 Peter 4:8).

As a Christian, marriage is considered a sacred bond between two individuals binding them together in love, trust, and respect with their foundation being God. However, the reality is that every relationship goes through its ups and downs, and sometimes, seeking professional guidance from a marriage counselor may become necessary. But what can a Christian expect in marriage counseling?

Shared Values

Finding a marriage counselor who shares Christian values and beliefs is essential before you begin healing your marriage. A Christian marriage counselor is well-equipped to understand the unique challenges that Christian couples may face. They provide a safe and non-judgmental environment where you and your partner can express your concerns and explore issues that negatively affect your relationship. In addition, a faith-based counseling experience can help tie in Biblical truths and guidance during sessions to help you and your spouse grow closer to God.

Honest Communication

Your counselor will encourage honest communication to help you understand each other’s perspectives and provide conflict-resolution skills for unresolvable discrepancies. In addition, they will focus on strengthening the spiritual aspect of your marriage, allowing you both to place your faith and trust in God. When relationships get rocky, it is easy to focus on what’s wrong instead of pausing to invite the Lord into your struggles. Yet, seeking healing through the Lord is the best thing you could do for your marriage.


Christian marriage counseling emphasizes the importance of forgiveness, repentance, and the healing power of God’s love. Your counselor may encourage you to seek forgiveness from each other and God to let go of past hurts and resentments in your marriage. Counselors also guide you and your spouse in rebuilding trust and developing a deeper level of intimacy in your relationship. Accountability and prayer are great ways to begin healing and rebuilding trust.

Marriage Counseling For Christians

God-Centered Sessions

You can expect guidance centered around God’s love and grace if you seek faith-based counseling. The counselor may focus on helping you both develop a closer relationship with God. Through prayer, scripture, and the use of therapeutic modalities, you will be equipped to face challenges that life throws your way. God knows we live in a fallen world of sin and is there to guide us through human desires and lay the foundation for a marriage centered around faith and grace.

Godly Roles and Faith

The Bible depicts God’s view of marriage and the roles that we are each meant to take. Husbands are responsible for leading their wives in faith, and women guide and support their husbands through prayer and nurturance. These gender roles are not as popular in today’s culture but still greatly influence the health of your marriage. However, I want to remind you that we must not conform to the ways of this world but hold fast to Godly wisdom and principles. A Christian counselor can help you reestablish faith and restoration in your relationship with your spouse, God and others.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2 ESV).

Next Steps

It is important to remember that Christian marriage counseling is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Each couple’s situation is unique, and each counselor will tailor their approach to suit your and your spouse’s needs. Nevertheless, you can repair your marriage and build a lasting relationship. Should you find this message inspiring but need further guidance to heal your marriage, New Vision Counseling and Consulting could be your answer.

We combine Biblical principles with cutting edge counseling techniques to help you grow closer in your marriage and your relationship with the Lord. We have therapists from all walks of life to meet you where you are and guide you to restoration. Though we thrive on a faith-based approach, we want to offer services that make you feel comfortable despite your spirituality or religious views. Our highly trained therapists are well-versed in all mental health and relationship areas. We can’t wait to hear your story and help you design the marriage of your dreams! You can reach our team by calling (405) 921-7776

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Andrew BrownAndrew Brown
11:05 06 Feb 24
Shawn called me directly and sought out a resolution with me for a recent poor experience I had. He showed genuine care and consideration over the phone, and demonstrated he truly cares about the clients that come here and wants everyone to get the help they need. That's how it needs to be in any place helping others in God. God bless.
Andy EatonAndy Eaton
21:00 11 Oct 23
I totally recommend Josh Rhoades. He's helped me overcome a lot of anxiety and work-related stress and the effects it's had on me this year. For any guys out there wondering if they should go to counseling, you should definitely give Josh and New Vision a try.
Mark VonFeldtMark VonFeldt
12:04 23 Aug 23
I admit I didn't think I needed counciling but when I hit a tough period in life. Caleb McKean at New Vison Counseling was extrodinary in helping me out and providing encourgement, prespective and confidence. In addition, it was great seeing Shawn McGuire who consitantly provided an uplifting personality that’s just contagious.
Elizabeth ProtzmanElizabeth Protzman
11:41 24 May 23
My husband and I just wrapped up counseling with Shawn. And if you told me 6 months ago our family would be how we are now, I would have been in total disbelief. Shawn’s approach to counseling is next level and took us to new places we never thought that we could experience freedom and he put a light on places we never knew were still dragging us down.My husband (before counseling) had past trauma that weighed him down so heavily that his negative self talk was taking over his mental life. He was completely unable to be social anywhere, see positivity in anything, and talked with a super meek voice because he didn’t see worth in himself. We thought that “this is just his personality”, but Shawn was able to uncover the trauma that was holding him back and helped him break free of it. He now speaks with a voice to be heard and even he engages in social situations!I went through a terrible health scare while we were going through sessions. My optometrist thought that I had a tumor or fluid build up in my skull. Shawn helped me navigate all of the feelings that I kept shoving down. On my second session of talking about this medical situation, we really got to the root of my stress and behavior in this situation and in life. I felt a ton of weight lifted off of me in that moment just by digging out every root in my heart that wasn’t welcome there. Later that day (a Thursday) I had my MRI scans and that Sunday I woke up headache/migraine free for the first time in four months. Monday I got the news that nothing was there. I truly believe that God did a healing work in that therapy session. A physical healing of my body and a spiritual healing of my mind.Through all of this Shawn was not only there for just our counseling sessions, but when I was going through all of the medical stuff he would check in and see how everything was going. He recommended for my husband to go to a camp that absolutely played a part in changing my husband’s life. And all that I’ve shared is only the surface of all of the healing we received. I would have to write a novel for the rest, lol.If you’re looking for healing and willing to show up and put in the work…Shawn will help you get there.
Steve RodriguezSteve Rodriguez
14:25 06 May 22
New Vision Counseling and Consulting saved my marriage as they helped and are helping me deal with my issues with depression and anxiety. I have been taught new methods of dealing with these issues and they are life saving. I have enjoyed my experience with Shawn Maguire, the best therapist I could ask for, and feel this place is a Godsend. I never thought therapy would work for me but I was wrong and wish I had come here sooner. Excited for what the future holds.

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