People who hold spiritual, religious or faith beliefs, are often interested in how a therapist will view or utilize this important part of their identity and life in the counseling process. Some may be concerned that such a vital part of who they are and how they respond to the challenges of life, may not be valued in the counseling process or perhaps, will be dismissed or disrespected. This is where my approach to counseling may be of value. I view my clients from a holistic perspective, believing that it is important that I consider all aspects of a person’s identity including their faith and spirituality. I believe that the people with whom we work are the best judges of what is of value in their lives. I meet and accept a client as they are and not as I would have them be.
In my initial meeting with clients, I offer the option of to incorporate their faith and beliefs, whatever they may be, into the process of therapy. If clients are not interested in doing this, it is no problem. I proceed with therapy process using best practices, innovative approaches, and traditional approaches to find solutions that work. However, if my client expresses a desire to integrate their beliefs and faith into the therapy process, we lay out a framework for doing so. We come to an agreement as to what degree they would like their faith and beliefs integrated into the counseling process and then move on through the process of growth and development.
It is important to note that the focus of my approach is anchored solely on my client’s faith and belief system, and not my own. This is about you, your faith and where you want to move in your life. Although I am a Christian, I do not provide pastoral counseling or biblical counseling but rather will incorporate and integrate your faith to help you find real solutions for real problems.
Next to the myth that only weak people seek counseling, the myth that counseling is a secular and godless affair is similarly untrue. I understand that it takes strength and courage to move toward developing solutions for the problems that you face. Finding a counselor who can work with and integrate your faith and beliefs into the healing process is an important component in determining if a therapist will be a good fit for you. If you are someone like this and want to find out more, give me a call and let’s see how I may be of service to you.
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