Christian Counseling for Troubled Teen Girls
John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
MasterNet is a family advocacy group designed to assist parents of troubled teenage girls in navigating their daughter’s precarious road to recovery. We recommend more than a residential treatment program, we seek to provide parents with a helpful toolkit that can help restore balance in their daughter’s at-risk lifestyle. Whether we are the most suitable destination for your child or not, our recommendations are designed to provide parents with valuable strategies, pointers, and treatment guides that can benefit any parent seeking the best life for their child.
In the following, we will briefly discuss the ins and outs of Christian counseling and why millions of parents of faith choose to utilize its practices when parenting their troubled teenage daughters.
Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,”
Christian Counseling for Troubled Teen Girls
In today’s age, teens are challenged, tempted, and exploited unprecedentedly. This notion is especially true for teenage girls who suffer from addiction, mental illness, and suicidal ideation more than any other demographic.
Romans 10:9,13 "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Consequently, this rise in troubling statistics has led many parents to seek professional help for their out-of-control daughters. But while many parents of faith believe their child is in need of professional mental health treatment, they also believe that Christ is the only answer to their child’s behavioral and mental health-related issues.
Fortunately for these parents, there is a myriad of Christ-centered counseling options for them to choose from.
What Is Christian Counseling and How Can it Help Troubled Teenage Girls?
As the title suggests, Christian counseling is a Christian-based mental health treatment that combines the word of God with contemporary psychological talk therapy to counsel believers in their mental and behavioral health issues.
1 Peter 4:13 “but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation."
Christian counseling often involves one-on-one sessions between a teen and a counselor, like secular therapy. Unlike secular therapy, however, Christian counseling requires all counselors to be well-versed in the teachings of Christ and how to apply the word of God to their therapeutic regimen.
Christian counselors are clinically licensed and capable of diagnosing and treating mental and behavioral issues like their worldly counterparts. As a result, Christian counseling is often the most popular choice among parents who want their child’s spiritual needs prioritized as to their mental and behavioral well-being.
Romans 8:10 “If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.”
According to the International Association of Biblical Counselors (AIABC), Christian therapists "seek to thoughtfully identify those areas in which a Christian may be defiant to the principles and commands of Scripture and to help him learn how to submit to Jesus' will. Therefore, Christian therapists approach psychology, albeit through a biblical lens."
The authority of AIABC also states that the only distinction between secular and Christian counseling is that Christian therapists, while knowledgeable in modern psychology, are driven by the Bible as their therapeutic impetus.
Acts 2:21 "And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
As it pertains to the treatment of troubled teenage girls, Christian counseling is verifiably proven to be effective in rehabilitating their mental and behavioral health -- even more so than secular psychology.
Why Parents of Faith Are Turning to Christian Counseling Like Never Before
Today’s culture has spectacularly failed our nation’s youth. And while there is still no consensus as to why teenage girls are more at risk than any other historical demographic, it’s obvious to most parents of faith that teenage girls require mental health and Christ-based treatment.
For many parents of troubled teenage girls, finding adequate mental health treatment isn’t enough; it’s also important for Christian parents to locate a Christian counselor who reflects their own Christian beliefs.
John 10:9 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture."
Today, the process of locating adequate christ-centered counseling is easier than ever.
Why Teen Girls are Especially At-Risk
While it’s true that both male and female adolescents are suffering the worst mental health crises in history, teenage girls are especially at-risk of developing mental illness and behavioral disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction.
For millions of girls, adolescence marks a severely significant change that exacerbates powerful emotions inherent to puberty, such as anxiety and depression. This trying time is also further complicated in that teenage girls have easier access to life-threatening drugs than ever before. What’s more, experimentation with drugs is no longer a taboo practice.
Romans 10:10 "for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."
Instead, even the most hardcore narcotics, such as stimulants, benzos, and pain killers, have become more mainstream and almost universally accepted by teens as effective ways to mask their inner mental and spiritual pain.