What is biblical counselling?
By biblical counselling we mean that your counselor is a Christian with special training and experience in applying the truths of the Bible to life. At New Growth Counselling we believe that the Bible speaks to all of life and to all of its problems, but sometimes it takes careful thought and prayerful wisdom to know how to make those connections. We don’t believe that the Bible is simply a how-to book or a recipe book for happiness. We believe that the Bible ultimately points us to a person and a relationship – Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that real change comes when people learn to see themselves and their problems in the context of a living, vital relationship with Christ. This does not mean that you must be a Christian to profit from our counselling, although we believe that deep and lasting change is brought about only by God himself. However, the Bible is never brought to bear in an artificial or heavy-handed way.
How long does counselling take?
The length of counselling can vary greatly, depending on the problems being addressed. It is unusual for counselling to take less than five sessions; it can average around twenty sessions. Some of the most critical factors in effective counselling are coming with a positive attitude, setting concrete goals with your counselor, and working to stay focused on those goals
How do we work with churches?
We consider all of our counselling to be an extension of the ministry of the local church and a way of serving and promoting its ministry. As counsellors we consider ourselves as “temporary staff” to the churches that refer their people to us for help. In that spirit, we seek to partner with the church in any way that will strengthen the counselee and the church. At the very least, that means asking counselees to apply the truths they are learning to their relationships at church. When appropriate, it may also mean keeping a pastor, small group leader or other shepherd informed about the counselling process or even (with the counselee’s permission) inviting them to be part of the counselling sessions.
Having said that we are very sensitive to the issue of confidentiality. The Bible repeatedly warns against gossip and indicates that trustworthy persons keep confidences. To release counselling information without a counselee’s consent would violate biblical standards as well as commonly accepted codes of counselling ethics. However, situations in which a counselee or another person is in imminent danger of physical or sexual abuse may require us to share that information with relevant persons.