Spirituotherapy, as the name implies, is a spiritual discipline in contradistinction to that of psychology or psychotherapy. Though understandings gained from these fields of thought will be utilized in assessing the total functioning of individuals, the primary tenet of Spirituotherapy is that Holy Spirit is the Therapist; thus, the word coined to connote this unique approach to dealing with soul problems. Spirituotherapy is not so much a technique to be learned as it is a relationship to be shared. The primary preparation of one who would minister in this manner is that of brokenness, where identification with the death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and seating of the Lord Jesus Christ becomes an experiential reality, whether in a crisis at a point in time or in a more gradual process. This in no way means that such a believer has arrived except to arrive at the bottom-at the utter end of his/her own resources. It usually means that he/she has suffered, and that Holy Spirit has utilized that suffering to bring about transformation of the life. However, having found the reality of the Cross in experience is not the end of the process, but, rather, the beginning.
The finding of an identity that works for time and eternity is what it is all about; and most have not found one that is useful for time, much less eternity. The therapist sets about to help a person build a Biblical and Christ-centered identity, which results in improved intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. In Spirituotherapy, the person appropriates by faith an identity that is complete and will be unchanged for all eternity in exchange for one that is increasingly unworkable in time. In cases of psychology and psychotherapy, the self-life is strengthened during the process. If it is assumed that self-centeredness, or flesh, is the root problem, then the problem is exacerbated when the symptoms are alleviated!
The purpose of this discourse is to point to the fact that a different discipline is being put forth and to couch it in terms of the Spirit; while psychology and psychotherapy can be helpful, they fall short of providing a complete answer when the therapist fails to lead the individual to the Cross. Holy Spirit knows how man is made, what is in man, and all that has happened to him in his sojourn on planet Earth; since He has all the power of the Godhead at His disposal, it follows that He can rectify that which has gone wrong and transform the life by renewing the mind. Our part as individuals and as those who would help others is yield ourselves to His working so that He can do that which only He can do; He is the Wonderful Counselor!