Christian counseling carries different meanings depending on who you talk to. At one end of the spectrum may be “crazy religious nuts” that deny any value in modern medicine, see all problems as demons to be cast out, and recklessly refuse any sort of accountability. The other end of the spectrum looks indistinguishable from secular, atheistic, Christian antagonistic psycho-babble performed by persons who claim they can “work within any clients framework”.
At The Relationship Center Biblically Christian Counseling means that our counselors have been trained theologically to understand God, peoples problems, and their solution as defined by the Bible. We’re not simply “Christian” in name only. Many so called Christian counselors, well meaning as they may be, have masters or doctoral degrees in psychology but little more than a Sunday school education in the Bible. Our therapists have formally studied the Bible and personally have a dynamic relationship with the Lord Jesus. We practice integrative therapy that understands humanity through the lenses of the Scriptures and use our theological framework to organize our clinical study.
To us Clinically Proven means that we believe there is value in the clinical research conducted by helping professionals. Millions of hours have been spent analyzing people, their behaviors, thoughts, and biology. The culmination of this research is an ever growing body of knowledge that enriches our understanding of God’s awesome creation and informs our practice in the helping fields. Christians need not be afraid of sound scientific research. Good science unveils truth and all true truth is in agreement with our creator God and His word. When researchers draw conclusions from the data of their research it is influenced by their world view. That doesn’t mean the data itself is not valuable or can not be understood in light of the Scriptures. Anytime the findings of psychology do contradict the proclamation of Scripture we always maintain the integrity of God’s word.
Biblical | Clinical | Professional
Our commitment to being clinically sound means that all of our therapists are formally trained in counseling by regionally accredited higher learning institutions at least to the Masters level and most with post-graduate studies. It further means that all of our counseling clinicians are licensed to practice professional counseling in the state of Missouri, requiring a minimum of 3,000 hours of professional experience.
In addition to being Biblical and Clinical in our approach to counseling, we are also Professional. Being professional speaks to the manner in which we conduct our service to the community and in the Kingdom of God. It’s a commitment to the highest standards of ethics and the pursuit of organizational excellence in the way we conduct our practice. It is our goal that every person we have the honor of ministering to would feel valued through our compassionate care, empathetic understanding, and competent treatment. By doing so we are building an organization you can trust, we feel proud to be a part of, and where the name of our Lord Jesus is honored.
As Director of The Relationship Center it is my responsibility to see that we deliver on our promise to be Biblical | Clinical | Professional. If ever we fall short and when you find us delivering as promised, please feel free to contact me directly.
In CHRIST’s service,
Rev. Josh Spurlock, MA, LPC
Director of The Relationship Center
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Biblical | Clinical | Professional
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