We are eclectic in our approach using various therapy skills. A main approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Research finds these models effective with many needs and it is compatible to a Christian or biblical worldview. The approach recognizes that right thinking, healthy beliefs and behavior can help one’s mood, feelings, and attitudes (Rom. 12:2, Eph. 4:23*).
At the same time, we use certain psychodynamic skills to bring subconscious emotions to a conscious level to allow cognitive reframing; we use Gestalt techniques for self-awareness and EMDR skills to uncover unprocessed emotional experiences and trauma. Play therapy is used with children and eclectic skills are used within Marital and Family Therapy. All in all, we adopt, adapt and use these various skills based on effective outcome research always directed by a Christian worldview.
23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy (NLT).
Our theologically model views that, once one’s nature has been renewed and set free from the slavery of the sinful nature by the Holy Spirit guaranteeing one’s eternal life (e.g., The theology of justification; I John 5:11-13), these skills, mentioned above, become useful for continual spiritual growth and health called sanctification.
We have come to believe that a person cannot manage his/her thoughts, beliefs and feelings or reframe them in a healthy way unless those thoughts and feelings become conscious.*You cannot manage what you are not aware of hidden deep in the subconscious. Therefore, the Holy Spirit strives to bring to the conscious level the hidden source of one’s difficulties (James 1:14-15, 4:5, Genesis 4:6-7, Proverbs 4:23).
It is then that God through His spirit and the use of scripture transforms our unhealthy and sinful inclinations into new habits that produce a more abundant life which is His goal for His people. Jesus said, “I have come to give you abundant life,” a life with robust satisfaction and a deep sense of purpose accompanied with peace and joy (John 10:10b, See also John 7:37-39).
A person cannot change his/her thought and manage one’s life without conscious awareness. God has given us wisdom and truth as a point of reference for healthy and right conscious mindfulness (James 1:5).
*The Apostle Paul prayed that the Ephesians would be “enlightened,” to become aware of spiritual wisdom and to gain insight and understanding of God’s power in them to bring about transformation for abundant life (Eph. 1:15-20).
Our philosophy of approach is that every individual has value to be respected, and dignity to be honored, giving affirming and supportive care. People from atheistic, agnostic and other religious persuasions come to Covenant Counseling with the understanding and confidence that their framework of belief is respected.
“When we address the dynamics of the whole person in counseling: the physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual aspects of a person’s life, we can effectively facilitate healing.”