What is physical therapy ?
If you are experiencing ongoing pain that affects your ability to move around with ease, or your ability to perform everyday tasks without experiencing discomfort, your doctor may refer you to be treated by a physical therapist. Often, a person’s range of motion is limited due to an injury (such as from a motor vehicle accident), disability (possibly do to arthritis or the aging process) or a physically debilitating illness (e.g., fibromyalgia, symptoms from a stroke or Parkinson’s).
A physical therapist is a licensed health professional who works with patients who are experiencing problems relating to physical movement and normal bodily function. Limitations to movement can be caused by any number of reasons including age, existing health conditions, traumatic injury resulting from an accident or injuries incurred while playing sports.
If you are referred by a physician to a physical therapist, he or she will first assess your physical limitations (by way of a patient intake questionnaire and checking your “range of motion”. Then the therapist will treat your pain or injured limb or start you on a series of treatment sessions to address your chronic health condition. This is accomplished by the physical therapist using a variety of forms of tools, machines and devices to achieve certain “targets” or benchmarks for your particular therapy. The therapist aims to identify the source of your pain or your range of movement limitations. Your therapist will then treat your symptoms and seek --- through therapy --- to prevent future occurrence of pain and related loss of mobility that often occurs due to your reaction to pain.
What are the benefits of Group Therapy?
Group Therapy is a form of psychotherapy (personal counseling with a therapist through conversations and discussions). As opposed to individual counseling, the therapist may opt to treat a group of people together, if the issues of all members of the group are similar. Members in the group decide what they want to talk about and are highly encouraged by a moderator --- counselor --- to give feedback to one another once dialogue begins. The therapist is merely a mediator in the group and keeps the members on task with discussing the problems.
Instead of feeling trapped in a one-on-one setting between a patient and a therapist, group therapy often reveals a realm of new avenues about how a person might interact with others in a socially-acceptable manner. For instance, a person might open up about a specific problem he or she is having and find that another person who was listening to the “situation” is experiencing the same crisis or facing the same personal obstacle.
Using a “group therapy” method of proceeding with treatment may help both participants feel as if they belong, and that each person in the group is alike, in many respects. Group therapy, over a period of time, can create a circle of trust for similarly-challenged individuals. This environment can be comforting and therapeutic for patients who have never open up about his or his “issues”.
What is Christian Counseling ?
Christian counseling, also sometimes referred to as pastoral counseling, is a form of therapy that draws upon both the teachings of Christianity and psychology. Christian counseling is often provided by church ministers but may also be provided by anyone who is trained in psychological counseling and who is a committed Christian.
In Christian counseling, modern psychological techniques and therapy methods are combined with the Christian ethos to provide a form of counseling that is spiritually-oriented and that reflects facets of the Christian religion. However, Christian counseling also has a basis in sound psychological practice. A person who is agitated and unsettled can prove to be a difficult patient for a doctor to treat with mere prescription medications.
In order to practice Christian counseling, the therapist must be trained in any of the various “talking therapies”, such as counseling or psychotherapy. He or she should also have a strong knowledge of the Bible and Christianity have and abiding, strong faith in Christian religion.
What is the difference between Christian counseling and secular counseling?
Christian counseling has many things in common with other types of counseling. The aim of Christian counseling, as with secular counseling, is to help people to overcome their difficulties, find meaning in life and improve the person’s overall health and well-being.
What distinguishes Christian counseling, with its focus on Christianity and the teachings of the Bible, from secular therapy? In a Christian counseling session, the therapist will refer to Bible teachings that (by analogy) may help the patient work through his or her problems or that will provide them with strength or guidance, whichever is needed. The therapist utilizing these techniques may also pray with the patient during a Christian counseling session, which does not typically occur with secular therapy.