Individual Counseling Defined
Attempting to define counseling and psychotherapy in easily understood and precise terms can be extremely challenging because there are so many different definitions and perspectives. If I were to define therapy I would say that individual counseling is the informed and intentional application of scientifically derived principles and practices through ethically established means that involves the development of a therapeutic relationship between a trained professional (the counselor) and a person seeking assistance (the counselee) in resolving large or small psychological and/or relational problems through the modification of behaviors, cognitions, emotions and other personal characteristics that the counselee and counselor deem reasonable and desirable.
Having said that, I believe it is the Christian foundation from which all other counseling and therapy are built upon. I have found no better definition than that of Dr. R. K. Bufford to describe the integration of Christian Faith into clinical practice. Dr. Bufford states, “Counseling is most truly Christian when the counselor has a deep faith; counsels with excellence; holds a Christian world view, is guided by Christian values in choosing the means, goals and motivations of counseling; actively seeks the presences and work of God; and actively utilizes spiritual interventions and resources within ethical guidelines.” Christian integration in counseling can be either implicit or explicit based on the needs and desires of the individual being counseled. It should be noted that Christian Integration is not to be confused with converting individuals to the Christian faith or the debate of Christian principals or doctrines. It should also be noted that Christian Integration is not required in order for counseling to begin.
Every person is an individual with their own unique set of circumstances and desired outcomes. For this reason I choose to use Christian principles found in the bible as the foundation as well as several other clinical therapeutic approaches in an effort to meet each client’s unique and individual circumstances and goals with the hope of attaining the best possible outcome. Please contact me with any questions regarding individual counseling.
Instilling Hope and Overcoming Obstacles
We are called to help one another through encouragement and offering insights into how to overcome the tough issues we face. I consider it a great honor and privilege when I am given the opportunity to help others who are struggling.
Are you suffering from diagnosable issues such as depression or anxiety? Does anger control you? Are you struggling with a substance related addiction or some other addiction such a sex, pornography, gambling, gaming or social media? Are you experiencing problems in your relationships with others? Have you been told you have a mood, adjustment or personality disorder? Have you been facing grief, or loss that you just can’t seem to move past? Whatever the issue I welcome you to come into an environment where I don’t see you as a label to be “fixed” but as an individual person who is seeking love, encouragement, advice and direction. If this is what you are looking for in a counselor then I invite you to contact me today.