What do I need to know about Christian counseling?
From Lonnie Mullet, LPC
What I offer in the form of Christian counseling comes from my experience as a believer for the past thirty years, but also my clinical and theological training from Dallas Theological Seminary. Blending these two approaches requires a belief in all truth being God’s truth. This allows me to love people and apply sound clinical understanding in the broader context of a person’s Christian faith and experience.
The Christian faith requires us to wrestle with understanding the world as fallen while recognizing the importance of people and the need for support from fellow believers. It is a terrible myth and even one of the great lies that those who struggle with mental health are somehow weak or lack faith. Shame researcher Brene Brown describes shame as ‘the language of disconnection’. For believers, the most powerful shame story follows from Adam and Eve believing the lie from the serpent in the garden. When they believed the lie, the feeling of shame drove them to bushes and led to them feeling disconnected from God.
Christian Counseling acknowledges the relationship between spirituality, guilt, and shame as well as the strength we derive from our relationship with God, our knowledge of God through his word by the power of the Spirit. It is the understanding the Christian faith and clinical training which defines my practice of Christian counseling.
I would be privileged to walking by faith with you through life’s challenges.
From Grace Hodgson, LPC
Why Christian Counseling? Like the glasses that bring focus to my eyesight, Christian counseling uses a Biblical lens to focus professional counseling techniques. People I (Grace) have worked with tell me the most important reason they call is that they are concerned about being led away from Biblical truth by someone who does not study to understand the same Scriptures they follow. When you decide to come to counseling, you are usually working on concerns that may go to the core of your values and beliefs. You want a counselor who understands the foundation those values are based on. Values such as truth, love, compassion, sin and redemption, holiness, discernment,
When you decide to come to counseling, you are usually working on concerns that may go to the core of your values and beliefs. You want a counselor who understands the foundation those values are based on. Values such as truth, love, compassion, sin and redemption, holiness, discernment, grace, and peace, as well as many others are displayed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The proper application of Scripture can be a powerful means through which God can work in your life.
Common concerns people express to me include being overwhelmed with responsibility for others, unhealthy relationships, guilt, shame, marriage problems, parenting roles, grief and loss, and caring for elderly parents. Many times the issue can be a misunderstanding of a Biblical principle. Sharing the same belief system allows you and me to discuss the issue according to the values found in the Bible.
Christian counseling offers hope of redeeming the messiness of living in a fallen world.