Professional and Christian
What would it look like for a counselor to blend her professional training with her Christian faith? This question has been around for a long time, and we have asked this of ourselves, too. We believe a counselor may successfully combine her Christian Faith with the best of professional counseling theories, models and interventions: Christian on purpose; Professional on purpose. So where does the transformational part come in?
A Transformational Counseling Orientation
Our approach to counseling includes an understanding of the Christian Faith which feeds naturally into Grace Like a River’s distinctive transformational focus. The Christian Faith is not a philosophy or a system of teachings, though both are part of the Faith. At its heart, Christianity is a relationship with God—an encounter of loving communion between persons—that leads to:
- Healing human wounds and brokenness.
- Freedom from conscious and unconscious destructive beliefs, emotions and behaviors.
- Release of a person’s energies and faculties to thrive, to love and to live in wholeness.
Putting It All Together
By allowing God to join the counseling process, we start to move beyond merely quoting a Bible verse or praying on occasion. We actively engage clients during therapy sessions to open their minds and hearts to the presence and work of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The counselor and client work together as a team, open to the direction and healing God wants to give at any given moment. Transformation happens when the Person of God enters into the problems, wounds and core illnesses of the soul, and by virtue of who God is, healing and wholeness are born out of this encounter. Here, then, is where real, deep, lasting change occurs—and this is what we mean by “transformation.”
But Wait… There’s More!
A vital part of our professional journey involves offering a wide range of solid help and training for both nonprofessionals and professionals. This will be in the form of blogs, podcasts, videos and e-books. Material will be available as free information and available for purchase. We are developing quality training series, workshops, and webinars. In 2018, we will make membership subscription available. For more information, please hover over the “Institute” menu option at the top of the page.