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