Counseling exists to provide Christian-based,
clinically sound counseling to individuals, couples
and families so that people experience life change emotionally,
mentally, relationally, and spiritually. By "Christian-based"
we mean that we operate from a Christian world-view
and recognize that we are all spiritual beings who were
created to be in a relationship with God. By "clinically
sound" we mean that we strive to be in a constant
learning process related to our field of expertise,
i.e. counseling. We diligently acquire knowledge on
an ongoing basis related to how people think, feel,
relate and act so that we can provide effective interventions.
"The purposes of a
man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding
draws them out."
- Proverbs 20:5
Our foundation includes utilizing
truths found in the Bible related to mental health issues.
We believe that it is very important to respect the
fact that God gives our 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," we understand
the necessity of exploring and resolving root issues.
At the same time, we aim to help clients to make helpful
changes in present situations. Since God’s name
"Emmanuel" means "God with us,"
we strive to create an experience in the counseling
room whereby redemptive dynamics occur between the counselor
and counselee. This requires the counselor to be "with"
clients in ways that are therapeutic relationally as
well as providing sound clinical treatment. In other
words, we believe that significant healing and growth
occurs in the context of relationships. The dynamics
of the counseling relationship itself should be reparative,
thereby providing a context for growth.
Finally, we have merely scratched
the surface of what Christian Based treatment involves
at Life Christian Counseling. It is our goal to relate
to people uniquely (just as Jesus did in the Gospels)
since no two people are exactly alike. We do not have
a single step by step blueprint that we use, rather
we rely on the Holy Spirit and the knowledge base God
has enabled us to acquire to guide us to a redemptive
path of recovery.
There are several elements that
we believe are important in order to consider our treatment
to be clinically sound. While this list is by no means
exhaustive, it includes the following:
All of our counselors have at
least a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
We also use interns and life coaches from time to time
who work under the supervision of a licensed counselor
We are constantly in a learning
process as counselor’s which includes discussing
cases with other professionals as well as keeping up
with knowledge that we can learn from others. Many of
our counselors are members of the American Association
of Christian Counselors and attend their conferences
and read their books.
We utilize an array of therapeutic
interventions such as family systems theory, psychodynamic
theory, experiential therapy, 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.
We seek to identify and break
pervasive negative patterns which may be called "re-enactments"
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
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.