Prayer Counselling - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here we will attempt to answer questions as they arise. If you have a question relating to prayer counselling, email us at .
Q. Should prayer counselling be only carried out by professionally trained counsellors?
A. We have not encountered many professional counsellors, even Christian ones, who know much about prayer counselling. In fact, their terms of employment sometimes prevent them from using prayer. On the other hand, if lay counsellors are trained to rely on the Holy Spirit and not their own expertise, then they are able to help wounded people in ways that "professionals" are very often unable to do.
Apart from the case of demonisation, which many counsellors will not even recognise, another good example is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Few psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors will claim to be able to do much more than help the client with their symptoms, and this usually takes years of regular therapy. Using the methods pioneered by Anazao and described in our Dealing with Dissociation seminar, even a lay counsellor can remove all of the dissociative parts, sometimes in a few hours, and show the person how to resolve the issues arising from the original trauma.
Q. What part does the gift of tongues play in prayer counselling?
Q. What is the difference between prayer counselling and Christian counselling?
Q. Should a prayer counsellor minister alone?
Q. What about false memory syndrome?
A. If you minister for very long, especially in the areas of trauma and dissociation, it won't be long before the hoary old chestnut of Recovered Memory Syndrome will be thrown at you. While, with the Toths, we are convinced that this is far less common and much less of a problem than its proponents make it out to be, we are still careful never to suggest any possible memories to a person we minister to. Everything comes from the person, their parts, demons, or the Holy Spirit - and always through the person being prayed for.
We also recognise that some clients may have reasons to fabricate memories for the counsellorís benefit. Such reasons include a need to be accepted, low self-esteem, fear of the real memories being discovered, and trying to rescue the counsellor from possible failure. The ministry process is such that such fabrication will quickly become evident, and in itself reveals issues that must be dealt with in the ministry. Jesus wants such things to come up for resolution.