Choosing a therapist who can offer a faith-based approach to mental health allows you to connect on a deeper level and open new channels of communication. Whether you’re just discovering your spirituality or faith has always been a central part of your life, my faith-based counseling services can help you find guidance through the power of God.
WHAT IS CHRISTIAN COUNSELING?
Sometimes referred to as Biblical counseling, Christian counseling centers around providing emotional and spiritual support from a Christian perspective. Christian counseling is a faith-based alternative to secular counseling that operates from the premise that psychology is not monolithic. While Christian counselors often adopt certain psychological theories, they do not view psychology alone as an absolute truth, and instead believe that the Bible contains vital wisdom for overcoming emotional and psychological struggles. Spiritual discussions are common in Christian counseling sessions, as well as prayer, should the client desire.
ALL FAITHS WELCOME
I have found that my special training in biblical counseling can be applied to many faith-based belief systems. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, agnostic, or anything else, I understand that spirituality may be an important aspect of your life’s journey. It would be my pleasure to help you get in touch with your spiritual self to encourage you to find your place in this world. I offer individual counseling in my online video sessions. Contact me to schedule an appointment.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAITH-BASED AND SECULAR COUNSELING
Both faith-based and secular counseling share the same objective of helping people overcome adversity in order to find meaning and joy in their life. Both can help people suffering from a variety of mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Additionally, both types of counselors have advanced degrees and have spent years learning effective counseling skills.
As I discussed above, one of the main differences between faith-based and secular counseling is that secular counseling believes that mental illness originates from brain chemistry and/or past traumas, whereas faith-based counseling centers around the belief that there are both psychological and spiritual causes of suffering. Faith-based counseling answers to a higher authority, whereas secular counseling relies mostly on science. There is evidence for the effectiveness of both types of counseling, depending on the needs and beliefs of the individual client.
Some people find it beneficial to use a blend of both faith-based and secular counseling. As a certified counselor and licensed marriage therapist with additional certification in Biblical counseling, I can offer clients the best of both of these approaches to healing. I don’t believe that faith and science are necessarily oppositional, and I encourage my clients to let me know if they would like more of an integrated counseling experience. The spiritual side of you may like some Biblical input while the scientific side of you may enjoy hearing about the structure of the brain and research-based techniques for changing your thinking.
BENEFITS OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING
As a certified Biblical counselor, I believe that Christian counseling comes with countless benefits. Whether you are struggling with a specific problem or simply looking for more self-understanding and fulfillment, Christian Counseling can provide the tools you need to live by the power of God. As a certified Biblical counselor, I believe that Christian counseling comes with countless benefits. Whether you are struggling with a specific problem or simply looking for more self-understanding and fulfillment, Christian Counseling can provide the tools you need to live by the power of God.
Learn to live a more spiritual life:
Even the most devout Christians have moments in their life where they begin to doubt their faith. Christian Counseling is a great way to rediscover the healing power of the Lord by applying His Word to your own situation. It can help you meaningfully reconnect with your faith and your community and help you provide guidance to others who are struggling with crises of faith or other difficult situations.
Expand your understanding of the Bible and how to apply it:
Even if you’ve studied the Bible every day of your life, you will still find that there is so much to be found in the wisdom of God’s Word. The Bible can help you better relate to others, as well as yourself, and give you actionable ways to have a more fulfilling life.
IS FAITH-BASED COUNSELING FOR ME?
Faith-based counseling is a great option for those interested in learning how their spirituality can help them heal from mental illness and emotional wounds. If you are unsure whether or not faith-based counseling is a good form of counseling for you, ask yourself the following questions. If the answer to any is “yes,” then you might greatly benefit from my faith-based counseling services.
- Is faith an important part of your life?
- Are you currently questioning your faith?
- Do you want to dig deeper into your faith?
- Would you like a counselor with the same Christian beliefs as you?
- Would you like a counselor who understands the importance of all faiths?
- Would you like to learn how to practically apply the Bible to your everyday life?
- Would you like to connect with something bigger than yourself?
WHY WORK WITH ME?
As a mental health professional certified in both Biblical and secular counseling, I can offer my clients the best of both worlds when it comes to recovering from mental illness. Whether you’re looking for a secular counseling experience, Biblical-based counseling, or some combination of the two, I can help, no matter what faith you practice. I offer virtual counseling for individuals. To schedule an initial appointment, get in touch with me today.