Faith-Based Counseling

You’re looking for a therapist who incorporates spirituality into your counseling sessions. You want someone who can draw upon their faith to inform your treatment. And, you’re looking for a therapist who shares your same values, morals, and ethics. Ultimately, you’re looking for faith-based counseling.

What is Faith-Based Counseling?

man in shadows sits with his head on his hands. He gets faith-based counseling in Marietta, GA with a christian therapist at Foundry CounselingFaith-based Counseling combines traditional psychotherapy practices with teachings and components of our Faith. So, this may include discussing scripture with you or praying during a session if that’s what you desire.

Faith-based counseling treats the whole person. Therefore, it includes your spiritual beliefs, values, and meeting you where they are at in the present moment. We believe your understanding of scripture and how the teachings of scripture are applied in daily life speaks to how you experience life. This impacts how you cope with and understand the trials you’re experiencing in your life.

People have different perspectives on spirituality and religion. Spirituality is defined as a personal connection with a higher power or energy. Religion usually refers to as an organized set of beliefs and/or practices within a specific faith practice. This includes religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc. Knowing the client’s perspective helps us as therapists incorporate what the client wants into their counseling sessions.

What Faith-Based Counseling is NOT

Faith-based Counseling is not a Bible study, a sermon, or the therapist’s personal beliefs. As counselors, we do not teach theology unless we are trained to provide this in addition to counseling.

Biblical counseling can be facilitated with a pastor or a clergy member of a person’s faith. In this setting, there is not a clinical component to counseling, unless the clergy is clinically trained as a therapist.

What It Means to Work With a Therapist Who Offers Faith-Based Counseling

photo of a woman holding a lit candle representing faith-based counseling in Marietta, GA at Foundry Counseling 30064

Much of faith-based counseling is helping people understand their perspective of their reality, cope with aspects of their life that are out of their control, and problem solve aspects they do have control over. This is a clinical process that a therapist learns in graduate school. Then, they must prove that they can effectively treat clients both ethically and effectively during a practicum and internship. Lastly, they must pass a state board exam for clinical licensure. A clergy member does not have to do these things.

It is important for the client and therapist to determine if they are a good fit before moving forward with faith-based counseling. At our Atlanta area counseling practice, we do this during a free consultation call prior to beginning therapy.

Diagnoses like psychosis, PTSD, active suicidality, and other needs require a clinical protocol. Therefore, Faith-based counseling would not be used until life-threatening circumstances are stabilized and you are safe.

Treating Religious or Spiritual Abuse

Religious and spiritual abuse is a horrible form of trauma. This occurs when there is an attempt to exert power and control over a person(s) using religion. If you have experienced this abuse, you and your therapist will focus on the trauma and how it affects your life. When working with this type of trauma, there are specific things that should and should not be done throughout your counseling work. So, please let us know at intake if this is something you are wanting to work on so we can match you with the most effective counselor.

Our Approach to Faith-Based Counseling

We offer faith-based counseling because we have many clients that are looking for this to be an active part of their sessions. This can include a prayer with your counselor and actively looking at scripture as it supports you in your counseling goals.

We are all created in God’s image. While feelings such as grief, depression, anxiety, anger, addiction, and many others, are hard to experience, we were created with them. God displayed emotion. We are to live our lives as He modeled life for us. We teach that “feelings are indicators and not decisions makers.” We must learn to be mindful of our feelings while asking where they are coming from, and then determine where to go from there.

Begin Faith-Based Counseling in Marietta, GA

man in a hat stretching his arms out to the sun representing the joy found after faith-based counseling in Marietta, GA with a christian therapist at Foundry CounselingIf you’re looking for a therapist who offers faith-based counseling in the Atlanta area, we would be honored to speak with you. During your consultation call, we will discuss the ways we can help you find healing. To begin counseling or online therapy in Georgia, follow these steps

  1. Contact our Atlanta-area counseling center
  2. Set up a free consultation appointment and speak with a skilled therapist
  3. Begin faith-based counseling therapy and find healing and joy!

Other Services Offered at Foundry Counseling

Our Atlanta-area counseling center offers a wide variety of counseling services for your entire family. Our counseling services include individual therapy, DBT, trauma and PTSD treatment, family therapy, and addictions counseling. If you’re not located in Atlanta, don’t worry! We also offer online therapy in Georgia. Contact our therapy office to learn more about how we can help you or your loved ones build peace and confidence in your life.

376 Powder Springs St. Ste. 140
Marietta, GA 30064
(888) 700-1030

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