Christian counseling is a Christ-centered approach integrating the truths of the Bible, especially those that bear on one’s relationship with God and one another, and the tools of the mental health profession to assist individuals in living life in accordance with their personal faith beliefs and values.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Internal Family Systems refers to the “family” of parts within our personality, all the various aspects of ourselves, which make up who we are. IFS invites the client to explore these distinct parts. The approach suggests some parts of oneself can strongly influence and determine how they respond to the world around them. The goal is to examine and unburden the parts which are distressing so that the individual may live a more authentic and balanced life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy uses a practical approach in which the counselor helps the client examine their thoughts and beliefs and understand the relationship and influence these patterns have on their feelings and behaviors.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
An expansion of traditional cognitive behavioral therapy, this approach is most effective with clients with severe and complex problems. Individuals with chronic suicidal behavior, who experience intense tumultuous relationships, have difficulty managing their emotions and engage in impulsive self-harming behavior (use of drugs and/or alcohol, promiscuity, cutting, spending, etc.) can benefit from this evidence-based approach. Goals of therapy include acquiring skills within the following four domains: mindfulness skills, emotional regulation skills, distress tolerance skills and interpersonal effectiveness skills.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a trauma informed therapy. It is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). and complex trauma experiences such as military combat, physical or sexual assault, or adverse childhood experiences.
An expansion of traditional cognitive behavioral therapy, this approach places greater emphasis on exploring childhood and adolescence experiences. Innate temperament, early childhood environment and early unmet core needs will often contribute to repeated behaviors and responses (schemas, modes, schema coping styles) throughout life. This approach combines assessment measures, interview-based measures, experiential and emotion-focused approaches to change schemas and modes.