Today I was reminded again of the role a counselor can play on a church staff. If you have ever worked at an urban church, or any larger church as well, you probably know that Sundays are an all-hands-on-deck kind of day. Anything can happen at any time. You just never know. And in Lynn, […]
Church Therapy is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes as I write this blog each and every week, I think to myself, “Wow, I am making this sound so easy…” And it isn’t. There are reasons some people do not want to try this model of Christian counseling. So I’m just going to be […]
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Hi everybody! An extra post in here to share this interview that I did with Robert Vore and Steve Austin on their CXMH podcast (which is awesome, go subscribe!). These guys are such great leaders in the conversation about mental health in the church. This is one of the most comprehensive interviews I have ever […]
Last week I laid out 3 reasons why counselors should not also be in the role of evangelist with their clients who are non-believers. This week, we’ll follow up on that topic by talking about why counselors in the church setting are an important part of the discipleship process for those who are already following […]
One of the biggest concerns that pastors and counselors raise about the Church Therapy model is liability. Having a professional practice within the church setting could expose the church to certain risks that would not be present if the church simply refers those with mental health problems out to a nearby practice. When treatment occurs […]
Throughout my career in the mental health field I have worked in almost every type of therapeutic setting out there — inpatient hospital, outpatient clinic, in-home outreach, group home/residential setting, and the church. I believe it is because of my wide range of experiences that I have come to view the church as a therapeutic […]
In this month’s Pastor Training Video, I will explain why Church Therapy matters. The heart and soul of this model is to embrace those most hurting in our congregations. Leave a comment to share your thoughts!
Mention the words “church” and “counseling” in the same sentence and I assure you the response will be surprising. While the Church has been a place people have turned to during emotional struggles for centuries, the development of modern psychology has sparked an intense debate within the Church. What causes mental illness or emotional struggles? […]
In most ethical codes for counselors, there is mention that the counselor should seek to avoid dual relationships that are deemed harmful to the client. There are some areas that are NEVER a good idea (having a sexual relationship with a client) and there are some grey areas (living in a small town and coaching Little […]