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Welcome to " Counseling the Lord's Way ".  On this page you can learn about the differences between Pastoral Counseling and Secular Counseling and why you should choose the Pastoral or Christian option.
 
To learn more about our Counseling Center click on HOME above.
 

Why Choose Pastoral Counseling, and CTLW?
"We Counsel-God Heals"

 At "Counseling The Lord's Way" we have the advantage of being both trained in traditional counseling methods and in the application of biblical truths to help you resolve your problems with the help of God's Word.  Dr. Wayne is a Commissioned Minister of Pastoral Counseling, trained specifically to counsel through scriptural application. 

Dr. Wayne has chosen to seek Pastoral Counselor training, credentialing and licensure through Christian sources that specifically emphasize the spiritual and biblical truths, and prayer in the healing process rather than seeking "state licensure" and secular training.

We feel that much of the secular training required for state licensure assumes beliefs that do not agree with and in many cases are directly opposed to traditional Christian beliefs.  "During 8 years of training in the field of psychology in secular institutions, the Bible and biblical contributions to behavior and life was never once mentioned.  Thus, I have sought out specific training and credentialing that emphasizes God's place in our life, learning and behavior" (Dr. Wayne).

This counseling differs from the typical secular counseling methods in that we pray with and for our counselees, we help them relate scripture and God's will to their behavior, thinking, and emotional reactions.  Occasionally traditional counseling and behavior training methods are appropriately applied to help clients learn new behaviors and thinking patterns which are in line with biblical teaching.  

John 8:32 tells us, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." 

  It is one of our foremost goals to help people come to know God's truth for their lives, so that they may be set free from the bonds of a fallen world and secular world view.

Christian Counseling is one of several types of counseling that you might be aware of, but we want to distinguish it from what is more commonly known as "Licensed Professional  Counseling" or "Licensed Clinical Counseling".  

The use of the terms such as "licensed professional counselor" and "licensed clinical counselor" are regulated by the state and require licensure by the state in order to use those titles. 

Generally, the training required to receive state licensure is "Secular" in nature.  It is usually provided by Colleges and Universities and most major Seminaries and carries with it a number of assumptions which often parallel the secular world view.  Such training rarely  relates counseling or therapy directly to biblical values and beliefs. Many of the theories on which the training is based and many of the procedures used assume values and beliefs which are secular in nature.   That is, they are for the most part non-biblical. 

On the whole, such training assumes that there is no spiritual component to our behavior and thus no spiritual component is required or needed to help in the healing process.  Often counselors coming out of such training are restricted by their secular ethics or organizations from praying with their counselees, or using reference to faith-based truths.  Federal and State Laws may also jeopardize the rights of the secular professional counselors (LPCs) to follow faith-based truths and methods.

    Some counselors bill themselves as "Christian Counselors" because they are Christians by faith but they provide counseling based primarily on secular training.  They rarely reference scripture or relate behavior and issues to biblical teachings. Some of these counselors have little or no specific training in applying scripture and prayer to healing mental, emotional or behavioral problems.  Most do not pray with their counselees or help their counselees understand the differences between their behaviors and those which are taught in scripture. 

We believe that Christians are led to follow Christ's teachings in their lives but are often led astray by temptations and forces at work in our fallen world and secular life.  In attempting to heal the problems in their lives we believe Christians should seek out counselors who are trained to apply scripture and prayer as well as selective and biblically appropriate traditional counseling or behavior change methods.  Thus, the individual through appropriately applied methods is brought back in line with God's Word and the way He intended us to live. 

Although secular methods can be helpful and effective, if you are are seeking guidance which will adhere to your Christian values and God's desire for your life, it is important to ensure that you find a Counselor who is well grounded in the application of biblical principals to life and life change.  If this is the kind of counseling you seek you have come to the right place.  Just call us or email us for an appointment.

A quote from Gary Rosberg's book "Healing the Hurt in Your Marriage" captures much of our sentiment about why, as a Christian, you should seek out Christian or Pastoral Counseling rather than Secular counseling.

    "The problem is that humanistic counseling discourages both the client and therapist from centering on the ultimate source of change that heals: Jesus Christ.  Secular counselors provide therapy from a secular perspective.  They regard the idea that people were created to have a relationship with the living God as part of the client's problem instead of the very answer to our deepest relational needs.  But to conduct therapy without God and the Bible is like jumping on a trampoline without a spotter.  Nobody is there to catch you.
    Can Christian's benefit with counseling with a non-Christian? Yes, in some rare instances, as long as you realize that the counselor's worldview and approach to healing may be totally different from yours.  Some of the methods for resolving conflict taught by secular counselors  are good; some are not.  One ingredient that is often missing is forgiveness.  ...forgiveness is a key step in healing hurts from a biblical perspective.  Yet this step is often ignored altogether in the secular world.  With that in mind, you need to filter the secular counselor's advice through your biblically based belief system."
(Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg, "Healing the Hurt in Your Marriage, Beyond discouragement, anger and resentment to forgiveness", Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2004, p.48)  Visit their website at www.afclive.com
  



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