Professional Christian therapy does not adequately describe the theories or techniques that Christian counselors use; rather it describes their worldview. As a Christian, I am held first to God's commandments and His truth in both my knowledge of therapy and actions. As a counselor, I am familiar with many theories and techniques but use only those I believe are congruent with the Word of God. I will not use a technique in counseling that I believe would be displeasing to God.
- Practically speaking, working with issues of faith depends on the client. Some of my clients prefer to pray at the beginning or conclusion of their session. Others don't. If I am working with another Christian, I sometimes use examples, illustrations or metaphors from Scripture.
- I will only talk about faith with a client if they are open to it or ask specifically. Many of my clients have already seen their pastor for counseling and are seeking help from a therapist to work on specific relational/emotional issues. Although I was trained in a seminary, my clients hire me as a trained therapist. Unfortunately, many who come for help have had hurtful experiences with the church, pastors or other Christians. It would break my heart if I later learned a client repeated that experience with me, and thus I always consider the needs of the client and to the best of my ability meet them there.
- Christian therapy ("counseling" is often used interchangeably) is not the same as pastoral counseling. The role of each is different and ideally is complimentary to each other. Generally speaking, the role of pastoral counseling is spiritual guidance. Many pastors also give good advice about life and relationships that is very valuable. For many, pastoral counseling may be all they need.
Trained Christian Counselors serve a different role in counseling. Therapists bring clinical knowledge and skills that many pastors don't have. Also, the nature of the work is different. A therapist will primarily help you to explore and work through emotional issues. Guidance is also given very differently. Unlike pastors, professional therapists are ethically responsible to guiding through the CLIENTS value-system. Another major difference is the clinical training professional therapists have. Pastors generally will refer more complicated or long-term cases that may involve clinically significant symptoms like depression, anxiety, addiction, etc. or difficult relational problems to professional therapists/counselors.
WHAT WE DO
Created to Bloom provides counseling for individual women, men, couples, teens and families. Kristi also leads workshops various groups. Cliff and Kristi co-counsel couples in therapy if it seems necessary for the situation.
The primary goal of treatment is to help you clarify the conscious and unconscious patterns of life, often developed in childhood and repeated in your current relationships and in your relationship with your counselor.
Additionally, we may suggest techniques, reading material and exercises that will help you with the concerns you bring to treatment. The first session(s) are an evaluation period for us to explore what brings you to therapy. We will try to establish your goals for treatment, and we will get a beginning understanding of what factors in your past or present life contribute to the issues of concern.
Working together, we will decide whether Created to Bloom is right for you.
CHILDREN AT SESSIONS
Although Created to Bloom wishes to be sensitive to family needs, we do not have the capacity to provide childcare and we do not allow children in counseling sessions unless they are the client of the session or a part of a family session.
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