In the past thirty five years, there has been a surge of churches preaching the dangers of secular counseling and therapy, and promoting the quite dangerous idea of Biblical Counseling. As both a Christian and a therapist, I am deeply concerned with what I read, hear, and see.
I memory serves me well, the biggest opponent to traditional counseling is Dr. John MacArthur. Dr. MacArthur is a pastor of a large independent fundamental Baptist church in California. He states that being a Christian and a therapist is an oxymoron because modern counseling theories and techniques are based on humanistic concepts and do not address the person's underlying sin. Therefore, the training required to be a Biblical counselor is the ability to quote Scripture in an attempt to apply to whatever issue is presented.
I have seen, firsthand, the damage done to people who first went to a biblical counselor. Even John MacArthur and his church was sued in the early 1980's after a counselee committed suicide after undergoing such treatment. I have seen people more despondent, more anxious, and now feeling judged, condemned, and unworthy of help. Using the Bible as a source of inspiration is one thing, but using it to tear a person apart is another. I will even quote Scripture when it is beneficial in helping a person, but never in a way to promote judgment.
My practice has the approach of looking at each person biologically, psychologically, socially, and SPIRITUALLY. Faith is important to a lot of people and should not be ignored. Faith in a counseling setting should only be used to build up, and not tear down.