How to Find the Right Christian Counselor

By: John James..


Finding the right Christian counselor for your situation can be a challenging and intimidating process. While there are Christian counselors located in most areas, most of us don't usually know much about them or even pay attention to them until it is time to start looking for one.
Even if you are ready to get some help from a counselor, you may not know where to find one. Finding the right counselor doesn't have to be a long and drawn out process, but knowing some good resources to use at the start of your search will be a huge help.
In effort to make this an easier process for you, we will look at some tips for finding a counselor and making your search more effective.
1. Start with Your Pastor
If you are a member of a local church, or if you attend one on a regular basis, the first place to turn is to your pastor or to the church office. Some pastors and churches are able to offer counseling that they will provide internally, but frequently they will be able to refer you to someone who does counseling full-time. Most pastors are capable of providing Biblical counseling on a number of issues, but they may prefer to refer you to someone who has more expertise for your situation.
You church may or may not be able to provide services that will meet your needs, but if not, you may be able to get a referral to a good Christian counselor in the area. Turning to your church first is usually a good idea since it can save you a lot of time and help you to find someone who is reputable.
Starting with your pastor or church staff members will allow you to see if any help is available within the church, and if not, to get the opinion of someone you trust on who you should see.
2. Pray
One thing you should always be doing when you are seeking a counselor is to ask for God's help. Take the time each day to pray for God's leading and that He would help you to find a good counselor in your area.
3. Ask for Referrals from Family and Friends
Depending on the nature of the situation and how much you are willing to share with others, don't be afraid to ask family or friends if they have experience with any Christian counselors or if they have anyone that they could refer you to in your local area. If others that you know have been through counseling before, you may be able to get a good referral this way to find the right person for you.
4. Search Online
If you other methods of finding a counselor are not productive, a simple Google search or a trip to an online directory could point you in the right direction. There are a number of online directories of counselors, and you can use a resource like http://www.aacc.net/resources/find-a-counselor/ to one in your area.

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If you live in central Pennsylvania or northern Maryland, CCES is available to assist you. They also offer Christian life coaches services to those in other areas of the U.S. via telephone.

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