What is Christian Counseling?
Christian Counseling, or what some call Biblical Counseling, is simply when a counselor uses the Bible as the foundation for truth and understanding within the therapy process. All forms of treatment and techniques used during a Biblical therapy session are measured and understood based on what the Bible teaches.
In this type of counseling, traditional counseling techniques are used in conjunction with spiritual direction methods. Assessment, goal setting, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementing interventions and discharge procedures are all part of the treatment process.
You do not have to be a Christian to receive Christian Counseling. I only offer it upon request.
The Bible is one of the leading books of wisdom throughout history. Even if a person does not believe the truth of the Bible, we know that the ideals and wisdom of it are affective and positive for daily living.
Why go to a Christian Counselor?
The obvious reason to go to a Christian Counselor would be to see a therapist with a similar faith as you. However, there are other reasons having a Christian therapist can be important. Research suggest that, in many cases, spirituality is a key factor in whether or not therapy is successful.
In the past, therapist have traditionally not included questions about spirituality in their intake questionnaires or when asking about a client’s history. Since research suggest the importance of spirituality in therapy, more therapists are beginning to ask about spirituality in their intakes.
Christian therapist have traditionally included spirituality in their counseling sessions. The very nature of Christianity is based in Jesus’ nature to be non-judgmental, loving and gracious.
How does a Christian Counselor conduct a session?
As a Christian, my worldview centers around Christian values and the Bible. My faith and the Bible guide my actions. Christianity is about love, compassion, and hope. Jesus’ message was one of salvation, hope and love.
Even when I am not providing Christian Counseling, I will relate to you from a Christian perspective (ie, with love, respect, compassion, honesty, integrity, and positive encouragement).
I provide a non-judgmental therapeutic environment. The Bible says to “take the plank out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Only God has the right to judge people.
I also do not evangelize people. Evangelizing is not a therapeutic intervention.
Christian counseling is conducted in the same way as any other counseling session with the understanding that the basis of truth is the Bible.
Would counseling from a Christian perspective help me?
Every person struggles with something. Are you tired? Do you feel frustrated with the way you are living? Are you concerned about your spiritual life? Do your choices seem to be wrong? Are you bored or numb to life. Christian Counseling can help you find helpful, inspiring answers and meaning in your life.
In Christian Counseling I offer help in spiritual direction. I help you regain spiritual strength and motivation. As a Christian, I believe Jesus is the best therapist a person can have. As a Christian Counselor, I believe that Jesus uses me as his tool to help others learn to trust his counsel.