As a Christian who has experienced God's comfort and emotional healing I am aware that there are times when the emotional issues we struggle with are intertwined with our spiritual beliefs. I respectfully walk alongside of people as they work through the emotinoal and spiritual struggles.
What does it mean to be a Christian Counselor?
Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
As a Christian I am aware of the way our world view, our beliefs and our values have a tremendous influence on how we function and the way we approach mental and emotional well-being. When I become a professional counselor I decided to make it my goal to comfort others with the comfort I had received. The spiritual component is an important part of who we are as humans. As a maturing Christian, I have strong doctrinal beliefs. One of those strong beliefs is respect for your beliefs and your choice to believe what you want. If you ask me, I am willing to share what I believe and why. However, in matters of specific doctrine I generally suggest you take those questions to your own spiritual advisor. What I work with is how your beliefs are affecting your ability to function: your emotional, mental and spiritual well being. I seek to help you understand how spirituality changes us at the deepest core, and affects who we are down to the inner part of our being. Out of that comes every expression of life to benefit ourselves and others.
While I am respectful and will counsel you operating within the parameters of your own beliefs and values, I am aware of how my own Christian world view influences my work as a therapist. I will seek to help you become more aware of how your beliefs affect your world view and therefore the way you are able to handle life’s struggles. If you ask me to, I am quite willing to incorporate Scripture into our sessions where it is therapeutically appropriate.
Therefore, I have sought specialized training so that I can provide Christian counseling. During the process of seeking education and credentials to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have also taken theological courses:
Graduate theology courses included (at Western Evangelical Seminary):
Bible for Ministry: Interpretation and Old Testament; Bible for Ministry: Interpretation and New Testament; The Book of Jeremiah; Becoming a Self Before God; Prayer, Theology and the Practice of Holiness; Spiritual Formation and the Family.
Undergraduate theology courses included:
New Christian Studies; Bible for ministry: Romans; Corinthians; Discipleship; and Christian Faith and Thought.
Church level workshops and classes attended:
First Steps in the Faith; New Life 101; Basic Christian Faith; Character studies; The Hard Sayings of Jesus; Faith in the Workplace; Biblical Literacy: Old Testament Survey; Biblical Literacy: New Testament Survey; James; Hebrews; and more on a continuing basis.
Church level workshops and classes taught include:
Old Testament Overview; New Testament Overview; Corinthians; Forgiveness; and James.
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