Long-term counseling gives me the unparalleled opportunity to witness firsthand the subtle yet powerful healing that God brings.
Long-term counseling can be long indeed. Take the case of an elderly woman who had been seeing me for eight and a half years.
About twenty years earlier, she had been given the conservatorship of her wealthy, elderly parents. However, about a year into the conservatorship, her parents sued her, alleging that she was defrauding their estate. Naturally, she denied the accusation, and it didn't go anywhere in the courts.
But shortly after, the daughter developed chronic pain. She felt pain in nearly every part of her body. She would have surgery for one problem only to discover the pain had moved elsewhere. After ten years of testing, research, and operations in a major research hospital, it was determined the problem was psychogenic. She was referred to me.
So I employed the usual procedures: we tried biofeedback and relaxation training; we explored ...1