Integrating Faith In Christ With Therapy
For many who seek treatment in Anxiety, Fear, OCD and Related Disorders, they can be very successful in following evidence-based treatments. It is my commitment (“therapy hallmarks”) to provide all clients with just that:
1) Strong adherence to the evidence-base
2) Expertise, personableness, & creativity applied to you, personally
3) My best recommendations (even when it doesn’t include me, seriously)
However, even the evidence base reveals that most providers do not provide assessment appropriate to the level of significance that most clients endorse regarding spiritual matters (see my full blog article “Faith Leaders” for more on this).
My additional training and work with followers of Christ helps me integrate at a deep level of Christian faith for those who don’t want to leave it at the door. My Master’s in Counseling is from Dallas Theological Seminary- equivalent to most programs’ Master’s in Counseling AND Master’s in Theology OR Divinity.
Excited for the implications of what this means in our work? Me too! Nervous if you don’t hold these convictions? No worries! We will address the areas I am skilled in working with- no client is ever coerced.
Additionally, I see clients of all faiths (and no faith) who have found a comfortable fit in my practice. One of my favorite things to hear was from a Muslim client who preferred to come to me rather than a counselor who didn’t appreciate spiritual matters. I work with those who are Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist/Naturalist, Agnostic, unsure, questioning, and more. I respect and believe that we are biological/psychological/social/spiritual beings. And if something important to you is left out, then something is left out. Simple as that.
Hear me out: No matter your beliefs, you will be cared for in my practice, and I will always work hard to help you meet the goals you have that I am equipped to help with.
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."
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