Christian CounselingChrist-centered Professional Care
The need for Christian Counseling
We all have times when we need someone to come alongside and help us walk a difficult path. As relational beings, the need to reach out and connect to another person is a natural and essential part of our lives.
During times of loss, relational upheaval and conflict, our need to be heard and understood becomes even more important.
This can be especially true if we are a person whose faith and spiritual self is an intricate part of our daily life.
Being able to connect to someone who understands the significance of our faith walk and with whom we find common spiritual ground can help us feel even more supported and understood.
At Chrysalis Connections Counseling and Family Relationship Center, we understand the value of allowing clients to choose a therapeutic option that recognizes and punctuates their need for a spiritually sensitive therapeutic experience.
Providing our clients with counseling that is supportive of a Christian perspective is a reflection of our commitment meet people at their level of need.
Clients that request Christian Counseling can be assured of a Christ-centered counseling approach that supports and lifts up their Christian faith and allows free exploration of their spiritual and relational concerns in a safe and collaborative manner.
How do you define Christian Counseling?
At Chrysalis Connections Counseling and Family Relationship Center, we define Christian Counseling as the collaborative interaction between a client and a Christ-centered professional for the purpose of alleviating confusion and bringing clarity to the client’s current situation. Our goal is to help each client find relational, emotional, behavioral and spiritual harmony with themselves, others and God.
We support a biopsychosociospiritual model of therapy that recognizes spiritual formation as a vital and indespensible part of the therapeutic process.
As a profession, counseling and/or therapy is a type of vocation in which one person actively participates or engages with another person for the purpose of providing guidance, support, clarity, and validation.
It is the collaborative effort of one person coming alongside another to console, encourage, and support during times of loss, difficulty, distress and confusion.
So, it follows that a Christian counselor is a both a professional counselor and a follower/disciple of Christ who comes alongside another person who is experiencing some type of loss, distress, or confusion for the purposes of encouraging, supporting, consoling and whose goal is to alleviate confusion and bring clarity to the current situation.
In a joint effort with their therapists, clients who request Christ-centered professional care will have the opportunity to freely explore the barriers and challenges they are facing without fear of rebuke or condemnation.
Together, therapist and client work to resolve the problematic behaviors and perceptions that keep them from living the harmonious, happy and healthy life they were created to enjoy.
Is Christian Counseling and Psychology congruent with Christian values?
In a good number of Christian communities, denominations and churches, the practice of psychology has been heavily criticized as being diametrically opposed to the practices of Christ-centered believers. Psychology, is often viewed as a self glorifying, God denying philosophy or vehicle from which Christians should shield themselves.
Psychology, in its plainest form, however, has nothing to do with promoting a God-less, self-centered or self-sufficient way of being. Psychology is quite simply the study of the mind, and the mental processes that govern human life and the behaviors that stem from these thought processes.
When you really stop and think about it (sorry no pun intended), the Bible is alive with scripture concerning the mind and our thoughts. The Word of God is arguably the primary and ultimate source for understanding the role the mind plays in the human condition.
Take for instance Romans 12:2 which states,
“…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (NLT)
Or Philippians 4:8 which admonishes,
“Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Or Colossians 3:2 which tells us to,
“Set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things)…
As Christian Counselors and Christ-centered professionals, we stand ready to help our clients explore the perceptions, beliefs, thoughts, anxieties, conflicts, experiences and fears that keep them from experiencing the full, rich, happy and harmonious life, we believe they were created to live.
Our collective goal is to provide clients with a safe environment to explore their relational, emotional, behavioral and spiritual concerns without fear of any type of judgment, reprisal or condemnation.
We believe that coming alongside those who are seeking spiritual direction is both a privilege and a sacred trust.
“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1: 3,4
Note: Christian Counseling is best utilized by individuals who self identify as a Christian and desire therapeutic services that recognize and lift up the Word of God and Christ in all matters of life and relationships.