Christian counseling is both theologically sound and psychologically effective: it incorporates the truth and a safe relationship. A good counselor is able to help you by containing aspects of yourself that you are unable to tolerate, unable to grieve or feel or experience, talk about, or even recognize in yourself. He or she is like a good parent who sends the message, "I can deal with this black hole part of you. And my being able to deal with it and talk about it means that, in time, you'll be able to deal with it, too." This containing of a person's emotions can make all the difference between competent and incompetent counseling. A counselor needs to have the capacity to be emotionally present, have empathy and also speak the truth.
God has a process for taking us from a broken, hurting, state (depression or anxiety, for example) and restoring us so that we can function again. Counseling has a clearly defined place in this spiritual growth process. Sometimes there is a part of us that's stuck in the growth process, injured, lacking, or immature. Counseling is very specific-it reaches deep inside to these very places where you're not growing and brings grace and healing.
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Allen and Terri are both theologically sound and psychologically effective and provide individual counseling sessions for those who need help and healing.
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