Counseling seeks to answer the questions: “How do problems arise?” and “How do people change?” Our philosophy is an answer to those questions.
How do problems arise?
This is ultimately a question about sin and suffering. We believe the Fall (Genesis 1-3) is the root cause of both our sin and suffering. With the Fall, sin entered a perfect world and corrupted God’s relationship with man. Suffering also entered a perfect world and has touched everything good. However, as Christians we know that the Fall is only the beginning of the story. The Fall affects everything, but not everything is as bad as it can be.
How do people change?
This question feels especially timely after considering the vast effects of the Fall. Change happens as a result of God’s gracious covenant with his people that promises, “I will never leave nor forsake you.” God graciously has promised and provided a way out of living with the full weight of the consequences of the fall day in and day out. This is both corporate and personal. It is fully made possible through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. When Christ says, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly,” he is affirming that abundant life on earth is possible through a growing relationship with him.
However, we know that things are not fully as they should be. Sin and suffering continue to mingle, making relationships difficult, sinful patterns tempting, addiction and the abuse of power a reality. As Christians, we have both the promise of abundant life here and now combined with the reality that in this world we will suffer.
Our counseling philosophy is born out of an affirmation that help and hope are available to us today. However, these lasting promises found in Scripture must be brought to the ground level with careful consideration for each person’s struggles, brokenness, suffering and pain, as well as unique gifting, strengths, and personality.