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FAQ's Christian Counseling

What is counseling? Counseling is forming a helping relationship with your child where your child can explore thoughts or feelings he or she might have trouble expressing and where the counselor can help determine underlying issues that are affecting or influencing maladaptive behavior that is affecting your child's ability to succeed.
Is Christian counseling biblical? I Thessalonians 5:14 encourages us to, "Admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone." Professional Christian counselors are trained to employ clinical skills as they use their God-given talents and gifts for empathy, discernment, and wisdom.
What is and is not Christian Counseling
Gary Collins, in his book "Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive Guide (1988)," outlines four key points that suggest Christian counseling is different from non-Christian or secular counseling. First, he states that Christian counselors have "unique assumptions," which means they have particular viewpoints on sin, human nature, God and His interaction with the world, to cite a few examples. Second, Christian counselors have "unique goals." Their goals include helping others to develop spiritually and not just psychologically, as with secular counseling. Third, Christian counselors have "unique methods." They do not subscribe to techniques or methods that would be Biblically wrong. Christian counseling often includes the use of prayer and Scripture. Finally, Christian counselors have "unique characteristics." They attempt to be Christ-like in all their ways, both personally and professionally. Christian counselors understand that traits like genuine love, empathy, patience and understanding are a part of the mature believer. They understand that these traits positively affect the outcome of counseling. Christians also have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who guides, directs and convicts each believer. The Spirit is central in the process of sanctification or change.
CHRISTIAN-BASED
As a Christian Counselor my foundation includes utilizing truths found in the Bible related to mental health issues. I believe that it is very important to respect the fact that God gives my clients the responsibility to make decisions in their lives.

As John 1:14 reveals that Jesus is full of grace and truth, so as Christian counselors our interventions include dealing with truth and experiencing the grace of God at the same time. Experience tells us that the presence of truth in counseling positions us to receive and walk in grace.

As Proverbs 20:5 indicates "The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out," I understand the necessity of exploring and resolving root issues. At the same time, I aim to help clients to make helpful changes in present situations. Since God’s name "Emmanuel" means "God with us," I strive to create an experience in the counseling room whereby significant restoration, healing and growth  can take place.

Finally, I have merely scratched the surface of what Christian Based treatment involves at Restoration Christian Wellness Center. It is my goal to relate to people uniquely (just as Jesus did in the Gospels). Since no two people are exactly alike I do not have a single step by step blueprint that I use, rather I rely on the Holy Spirit and the knowledge base God has enabled me to provide to guide in the counseling relationship for restoration, healing and growth.

CLINICALLY SOUND
There are several elements that I believe are important in order to consider Restoration Christian Wellness Center treatment to be clinically sound.

I utilize an array of therapeutic interventions such as family systems theory, psycho-dynamic theory, cognitive-behavior, insight oriented, structural family therapy, rational emotive therapy, solution focused therapy, and many other modalities.

All counseling approaches are carefully examined regarding their consistency with scripture as well as clinical appropriateness.

Client strengths are identified and celebrated as God given and are pathways to growth
The goal of treatment is change or "transformation" (see Romans 12:2)

Clients are engaged in a treatment process which includes assessment, diagnosis, goal setting, intervention, and termination.

Both present issues and past, underlying issues are examined

Presenting problems are identified and resolved as well as the deeper developmental and/or maturity and character issues.