Christian Counseling, in this practice, is an integration model of the specific revelation of God’s Word with the general revelation studied by psychological sciences and professionals in psychology. My approach points to living as a new creation in Christ, and being attentive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. As Stanton Jones would say, I would like to mine the riches of the Scriptures and Christian tradition in my understanding of people and their problems. I offer resources such as Scripture, prayers, groups, meditations, spiritual direction, movies, and books.
At the same time, I believe I can learn from secular psychology in a constructive and dialogical way. Integration invites critical-evaluative engagement. Much of today’s psychology has its basis in Carl Roger’s theory. A strict Rogerian is grounded in humanistic philosophy and tends to be self-centered. Rogerian theory has difficulties with pathology, communal cultures, responsibility to others, and little understanding of personality. On the other hand, Carl Rogers revolutionized the therapeutic process with his theory of what is necessary and sufficient for personality change. He saw the client and therapist as being equals on a shared journey. Empathy and unconditional positive regard were introduced as two key factors in communication inside the counseling room. The counselor needs to be real or genuine in the relationship. I believe these conditions in the therapeutic process are necessary but not in and of themselves sufficient for change.
Integration is the orientation at major Christian-counseling programs such as Wheaton College, Regent University, Rosemead and Fuller; it is used by Dobson and Cloud/Townsend on their radio programs.
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You will receive the benefit of my life-experience, education and training to help you take specific steps: Christian Counseling using a Solution-Based Brief Therapy approach; art therapy skills; and practices from Contemplative Christianity.