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What's the difference between "Pastoral Counseling" and "Biblical Counseling"?

"Pastoral counseling," as taught at CIU Seminary & School of Ministry, relies primarily on the Word of God, but scientific or research based information consistent with the scriptures also is recognized as a resource in counseling. Pastoral counselors provide God's perspective on difficulties or situations while helping counselees become free and fulfilled. They may work with Christians or non-Christians. "Biblical counselors" use only the Bible and often focus on sin that needs to be confessed and repented of before healing can occur. They work almost exclusively with Christians.