Christian counseling is distinct from secular counseling. Christian counseling rises to another dimension. "In contrast to psychologically-integrated systems, Biblical counseling seeks to carefully discover those areas in which a Christian may be disobedient to the principles and commands of Scripture and to help him learn how to lovingly submit to God's will," reports the International Association of Biblical Counselors.
Christian counselors are able to do that because they have an absolute standard by which to measure their objectives and evaluate their counselee's lifestyle. They see the Bible as the source of all truth. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Christian counselors understand that the Bible has a lot of practical wisdom about human nature, marriage and family, human suffering, and so much more. By using biblical concepts in counseling, they can instruct people in the way they should go and also hold them accountable. Psalm 119:24 says, "Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors."
Although Christian counselors often use skills from the field of secular psychology and counseling, they recognize that the Bible, not psychology, is the final authority. "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness (2 Peter 1:3).
A Christian counselor's major strategy is to help their clients substitute biblical truth for error as they go about their day-to-day lives. They know that the truth, when known, believed, and obeyed, sets people free. When people are set free, they are fulfilling their true calling. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).
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.
Our psychotherapy is predicated on Christian principles and we acknowledge the divinity of Christ. We strive to develop a practical way of thinking and working with every person who comes to us while serving Christendom and its living God. We seek to enlist the blessings inherent in social science to the purpose of reclaiming the imago dei (the image of God in person). On behalf of our clients, we employ healthful science and theories about human nature, while keeping faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ operating in the clinical situation to the divine economy of the Holy Trinity. Our mission is to provide the finest psychotherapy possible by placing secular psychology under the sovereignty of Jesus Christ.
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