Question:

Should you assume the following when a counselor refers to him/herself as a “Christian” or “Christian” counselor?

1. The counselor will bring genuine Christian values to the counseling process.

2. The counselor will follow biblical principles as he/she counsels you.

3. The counselor is trained in applying the Bible to your issues.

4. The counselor will refrain from utilizing humanistic theories and methodologies that
conflict with orthodox Christian teaching.

5. The counselor will approach you from a biblical worldview.

Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Are you surprised?  If so, that is understandable given the fact that when an individual refers to him/herself as a “Christian” one assumes he/she will operate from that point of view.  What many Christians do not know, however, is that even those individuals trained at “Christian” universities and seminaries do not often receive adequate training in applying the Bible to issues of counseling. 

Since institutions are bound to meet state requirements in order for students to qualify for state licensure upon graduation, the emphasis of their counseling courses are those subjects the state requires (i.e., life-span development, theories in psychology, abnormal psychology, marriage and family counseling, group counseling, etc.).  While these courses may offer insight on a secular approach to helping others, they leave very little, if any, room for students to develop the theological knowledge-base to apply Scripture to their work.  Therefore, most “Christian” counselors have lots of secular training with very little skill or knowledge in applying a genuinely biblical worldview in their practice.

A distinctive ofMetroplex Counseling is that we offer a service wherein our counselors meet state requirements for licensure, but ALSO have advanced skill in applying the truths of the Bible to complex client issues.   For those clients seeking a genuinely biblical approach to their lives, we believe this is critical.   Following are standards to which we aspire as an organization, and we encourage you to utilize them should you decide to search elsewhere for a “Christian” counselor or psychologist. 

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Counselor

Is God’s Word the source of their counsel? Is the Bible seen as being one truth among many other truths, or is it the most reliable place for real help? Find a counselor that is convinced that real truth applied to real problems brings about real change. Lives are changed as the truth of God, as revealed in His word, is applied to the toughest problems. 

Is the counselor biblically sound? Most counseling errors stem from the fact that the counselor has views of God, change, problems, etc., which are shaped more by culture and Pop-Psychology than by God’s Word. Sound theology should shape their psychology rather than the other way around. 

Is the counselor committed to growth and change, or are they more interested in endless discussions about the problem? Many counselors are good at “diagnosing” but don’t have answers for change. What results is “Diagnostic Damnation.” Seek out a counselor that is more concerned with God honoring change, than with labels.

Will the counselor lead me to answers found in God’s Word, or tell me the answers are within me? Most of the 250 commonly used approaches to counseling assume “…the answers are found within.” Find a counselor who understands that the Bible teaches that we need outside counsel from God and His revealed truth. They should point people to real answers, not more self-focus. 

Is the counselor well-trained? Find a counseling center that is well-trained in Biblical counseling. They should provide in-house training in addition to the degrees they have already received. Please check out the ABC network to help locate a Biblical counseling center in your area. 

Will the counselor honor my marriage? Much marriage counseling today is really divorce counseling. Counselors split couples up to work on “individual issues” with the end result being the couple growing further apart. Ask the counselor if they take seriously the commandment to “…not separate what God has joined together.” Couples should be counseled together and work toward real changes that will grow the worst marriages into marriages that sing. 

Will the counselor honor my authority as a parent? Some counselors meet alone with children, and do not include parents in the process. Find out if the counselor will counsel kids with their parents present as well, because we believe it to be the best way to implement real change. Biblical counseling equips parents to lead their children.  

Counselors

Jeremy Lelek, Ph.D., L.P.C.


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Tim Watson, LPC


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Kathy Haecker, LPC


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Wes Bailey, LPC-Intern

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Matt Sessoms

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Joel Peterson

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Scott J. Busby, MMFT, LMFT-A

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