In some cases, providing the “counseling” of scripture and truth, which is usually the method of pastoral/lay/biblical counseling, will bring about transformation and healing. However, most already know the “truth” and remain stuck in areas of their life in spite of this. As mentioned in my FAQ page, I distinguish counseling, such as Christian counseling, from therapy or Christian therapy. When simple, truthful counsel is not adequate for change, there are deeper heart level issues to be addressed. The philosopher, Jean Jacques Rousseau, once stated that “God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.” In essence, he is reflecting on the fact that so much of what we do in our relationship with God is shaped, for better and for worse, by our important relationships with people. This is when the practice of psychology can be an instrument used for change. As the relationship in therapy enacts and applies the truths found in scripture, a person becomes equipped and free to live more fully based upon a new and more truthful reflection of who they are and who God is. In other words, people come to “know the truth” experientially and this truly sets them free.
I have a long history of work with churches in the community since opening my office in south Orange county in 2000. I am one of a limited number of the therapist on the referral list of Saddleback Church for Christian counseling and spent years volunteering in the depression support group to provide professional input, education, and support to those who would not normally be able to afford individual care. At Mariners church, I was part of the team overseeing the revision and re-writing of the lay counselor training program as well as volunteering for several years to oversee and train lay counselors there. I have been invited to speak at a variety of churches in the area on topics including couples communication, personality styles, love “languages” and continue to offer consultation to pastors in their own counseling of church members as well as providing therapy services to pastors when they need care and help for themselves.