How do you use prayer / scriptures in counseling?
Prayer and the Word of God are absolutely essential in counseling. Through the scriptures God speaks to me. Through prayer I communicate with God and His Spirit responds. Without His Word and His Spirit I am left only with my natural understanding and abilities which are completely inadequate for the ministry of counseling (Psa. 1:1). I begin and conclude most of my sessions with prayer. I pray and search the scriptures in assessing the issues and determine the wisest treatment plan for each client
How do you see the church fitting into the counseling process?
The local church is responsible for the discipling process (Mt. 28:19-20) of its people. Biblical counselors assist the local church by specializing in the discipling process from the client’s pathological or problematic orientation.
How would you describe your relationship with Jesus Christ?
Growing! Like the apostle Paul “I press toward the mark of the prize of the high (i.e. upward) calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). I have not attained perfection and have a long ways to go.
What is your basic view of scripture?
All Scripture is divinely inspired and infallible in its original manuscripts (II Tim. 3:l6; II Pt. 1:20-2l), and is profitable as a complete treasure of divine wisdom, knowledge and salvation (II Tim. 3:l5-l7). It is the absolute standard by which all will be judged (Jn l2:48); this standard is eternal and far superior to the human measures of tradition, reason and experience.
What is you basic view of spiritual warfare?
Spiritual warfare is a cosmic conflict which began prior to creation of the earth when Lucifer (a.k.a. Satan ) rebelled against God (Isa. 14; Ezek. 28). His rebellion will continue until he is finally subdued and confined in the pit of hell forever (Rev. 20:10). Meanwhile, Satan as a deceiver (Rev. 20:l0); liar (Gen. 3:4,5; Jn. 8:44); murderer (Jn. 8:44); ruler of darkness (Eph. 6:l2), and prince of demons (Mt. l2:24; Eph. 6:l2) seeks to usurp God’s authority and glory. He attempts to do this by instigating false doctrines (I Tim. 4:l-3); perverting the Word of Truth (Mt. 4:6); hindering God’s servants (I Thes. 2:l8); resisting prayer (Dan. l0:l2,l3); blinding men to the Gospel (II Cor. 4:4); tempting (Mt. 4:l; Eph. 6:ll), and afflicting (Job 2:7; Lk. l3:l6; II Cor. l2:7). All believers are engaged in a spiritual warfare with God against Satan. “The weapons of our warfare are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds . . .” (II Cor. 10:3-5; cf. Eph. 6:10-17). Ministry is spiritual warfare.
Do you utilize prayer imagery, hypnosis, enneagrams, “healing of memories” or visualization in your therapy practice? Explain how each is utilized.
I do not use prayer imagery, hypnosis, enneagrams, or visualization in my therapeutic and counseling practice. On occasion I use the “healing of memories” as defined and described by David Seamands when treating those who have experienced severe trauma, such as sexual assault, and have difficulty in finding freedom and forgiveness.
To what degree do you disclose your own spiritual walk in the therapeutic setting? Why?
I regularly share with my clients areas of personal failure which corresponds with theirs and how God has brought healing and wholeness in my life. Sharing what God has done in my life gives hope to my client and gives glory to God.