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What We Mean By "Faith-Based"

Almost all of our professional training refers to research suggesting that it is the quality of the relationship developed between the client and the therapist that is the strongest predictor of a positive outcome in counseling/therapy rather than a specific method of psychotherapy.  [1]  We think this adds up to trust; do you trust the counselor you are seeing? 


This may be one of the most important reasons for choosing a faith-based counselor.  You probably want to work with a counselor who understands what you believe from a Biblical perspective, who will pray with you and believe in the power of prayer; a faith-based counselor.  Do you look to scripture to guide your decisions, it is likely you may feel you are better understood by a faith-based counselor.  Faith-based counseling can provide the cultural and language connection that you are already comfortable with. 


We integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy perspectives into the faith-base our clients already understand and believe in.


“Studies show that people prefer counselors who share their religious beliefs and support, rather than challenge, their faith.”[2]  This would be a counselor who shares your faith and understands spiritual beliefs will work to link your faith with your mental and emotional health. 


Body, Soul and Spirit. .


Counseling professionals are taught to look at the whole person; “Biopsychosocial/spiritual.” Bio refers to the biological or physical aspect of a person; psyche refers to the emotional makeup, and social speaks of the relationships in which the person lives their life.  Often, though, the spiritual view is tagged on, almost as an after thought.  In the faith community we begin with the spiritual aspect - that most important, eternal aspect of our life - and build the strength of our body, soundness of our mind, and the well-being of our social and family relationships on that foundation. 

[1] “suggests that the quality of the client–therapist alliance is a reliable predictor of positive clinical outcome independent of the variety of psychotherapy approaches and outcome measures.” Therapeutic Alliance and Outcome of Psychotherapy: Historical Excursus, Measurements, and Prospects for Research Rita B. Ardito1,* and Daniela Rabellino1 Frontiers in Psychology. 2011; 2: 270. Published online 2011 Oct 18. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00270

[2] With God as my Shrink, By Pamela Paul, published on May 1, 2005

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