Why would I want Christian counseling?
Individuals seek Christian counseling for many reasons. You may have questions about how to integrate your faith, feelings and experience. Or may simply want your beliefs integrated into your therapy.
We have worked with persons of many understanding of Christianity. Ardent therapists will not only respect your religious values, they will utilize those values in helping you create change.
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Ardent Pastoral Counselors have both theological and clinical training, knowledge, and experience and are licensed in their clinical field. They utilize spiritual truths combined with Biblical principles, working from a progressive, non-judgmental theological and sociological world-view. Emotional, behavioral, and relational problems are addressed from a Christian perspective, with sound psychological practice, in an atmosphere of acceptance, love and wholeness.
How can Christian counselors help?
If you are struggling with questions about your faith, we can help you to work through any issues you may face as a Christian. Because we are experienced in Christian based counseling, we can help you with issues a normal counselor may not be able to help with.
Although as you know our Church helps create a community for many of us, that doesn't mean we may not have times fitting in with that community from time to time. Learning the best ways to communicate can help.
What are some examples of how it can help?
Life isn't always smooth and sometimes we can have trouble accepting what has happened. It may even challenge our faith in God. For example, when someone we love is hurt or killed it can be difficult to accept. Our therapists can help you work through grief and other issues that may be testing your faith.
If you have addiction issues and are using the 12 Step AA process, sometimes it can help to talk to a trained counselor when it comes to working through some of the steps. They can help you to learn how to be vulnerable enough to ask for help from a higher power.
Why can Christian counselors help better than other therapists?
Sometimes counselors can also ask you to adopt practices that you may or not feel comfortable with like yoga. Spirituality can be used a s catch-all term, but you may prefer a more conventional Church based approach to life.
Although there are many approaches to Christianity as well, the basic desire to be more loving and connected to Christ and to God are the same. A good therapist will help you to break down the barriers that are preventing you from doing this fully.
Bible based counseling can help you learn more easily
Because you are already familiar with Bible stories, sometimes when the advice you need is expressed in terms of them, it can make it easier for you to grasp. This is particularly important when you need to change in order to grow and progress to become the loving person you aspire to be.
When counseling principles are expressed in comfortable metaphors from the Bible, you may find them to have more impact. Sometimes other counselors may not understand how faith helps to ground you in your life in general. They may even be dismissive of it or make you feel like you aren't being strong and independent enough by relying on it to help you through your darkest days. Only someone with a similar level of understanding and faith in God can properly understand you. So that's why using our Pastoral counselors can help.
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