Faith Based Counseling
Edify Creative Counseling Group offers Faith-based Counseling and Therapy through Pastoral/Christian Psychology. Many secular psychologists, counselors and therapists are ill-equipped to handle the Spiritual needs of millions of faith-filled believers.
Our Philosophy on Faith-Based Counseling
Christian Psychology, from our perspective, needs to be all about pointing people to God and helping them come to the right relationship with God. In order to do this successfully, our belief at Edify is that the pastoral counselor must understand the Inclusion, Control, and Affection needs of their client. This is done through identifying the clients Temperament Needs!. Here’s how it works!
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Life’s Building Blocks
GOD-CREATED “TEMPERAMENT” (INBORN)
MAN/ENVIRONMENT AFFECTED “CHARACTER” (LEARNED BEHAVIOR FROM LIFE EXPERIENCE)
When we are conceived our unique temperament is placed within us by the order of God. This temperament does not change throughout life. When we live our lives within the traits of our temperament we gain emotional energy. When we live outside of our temperament traits then we lose emotional energy.
How does it work?
At birth, we begin interacting with our environment. This interaction, or life experience, leads to learned behaviors and creates character that may cause us to deviate from our temperament traits. These deviations will cost the individual emotional energy to maintain. Granted, the longer we practice these deviations the easier they get to maintain. But, emotional energy is still being expended. This expenditure just gets taken for granted and typically goes unnoticed until the individual emotionally crashes.
Our personality is self-selected, and is expressed in the way we perceive how we must behave to survive in the world in which we live. Personality may change as we try to reconcile conflict between our temperament and life history and as we interact with others.
Many, if not most, secular and Christian counselors diagnose and attempt to change their clients’ personality. However, an individual’s personality is the outcome of other influences in their life. Particularly, the N.C.C.A and Edify CCG, identifies two things that create an individual’s personality. First is the individual’s God given temperament. Second is the individual’s life experience which leads to learned behavior or their character.
Steps we take.
Edify Creative Counseling Group utilizes the Arno Profile System (A.P.S.) to determine an individual’s God given temperament. We feel that this invaluable tool is critical for the counselor and the counselee to understand what motivates the counselee and how they gain or lose emotional energy.
While our faith based approach to counseling does not require a counselor to “psycho-analyze” the client’s life experience, it is beneficial for the counselor to have a thorough understanding of the client’s life experience. This understanding, when combined with the counselee’s temperament, gives the counselor and counselee insight into why the counselee prefers various forms of sin and rebellion over others. It also helps them understand how a counselee gains or loses emotional energy.