What is the immaterial person? A person cannot write a whole blog about a topic without defining it, at least that's what I personally think. With that being said lets define the immaterial person. It is simply (but not simple) the spiritual aspect of a person or their spirituality. Some would argue that the immaterial person is more important than the material person and some would argue against that. I personally believe they are equally important. They seem to be connected somehow. If your relationship with God seems to be going downhill then that may lead to sinful choices that can cause harm. This would result in a hurting the material person. Man also has to feed his spirit man and if that is not accomplished then the immaterial man can suffer. Most people also want to appear put together and pleasing to the naked eye which involves taking care of the material person. The immaterial is an important part of a persons life. It's not something that should be abandoned and forgotten about. One can find the link to an article on the immaterial person Here.
We were made by God to be spiritual beings. Therefore it would not be appropriate to abandon the immaterial person when a person is in need of healing. Counseling should include the immaterial and material person. The material person is what is more on the outside including our feelings and emotions. If we abandon the immaterial then we are missing out on healing. God can heal all of our hurts and pains without a problem. He wants to do it but if we do not allow him by asking him to take a back seat when it comes to the immaterial person then we are only postponing what he can deliver us from. Counselors should assist their clients in connecting with their immaterial person; the outcome in counseling could be greater. I am confident that it would be. Not handling the immaterial person is like putting peroxide on the cut so that it can heal but not applying a band-aide to protect it. The band-aide protects the cut and a strong immaterial person (strong relationship with God) can protect us from the sins of the world.
Explanation of the picture: I chose this picture because in my opinion it represents the immaterial side of a person which is not as complex and then the right side is the immaterial person which is more complex. I also like the colors.
It is important for counselors to be sensitive to both the material person and the immaterial. Being sensitive to both can make for a better outcome. God did not create man to be a simple meaningless creature. We are complicated and more than what the person can see with the naked eye. Just because we cannot see the hurt does not mean it is not there. Our immaterial person needs love too.