Christian counselors have unique assumptions. Christian counselors use the same strategies and techniques that non-Christian counselors use, but with some differences. We believe that God has spoken to the human race and has provided for forgiveness and healing.
Christian counselors have unique goals. Christian counselors, like non-Christian counselors, seek to help clients change behavior, attitudes, and/or perceptions. We attempt to teach skills--including social skills, encourage recognition and expression of emotion, give support in times of need, teach responsibility, instill insight, guide as decisions are made, help clients mobilize inner and environmental resources in times of crises, teach problem solving skills, and increase competence and self-actualization. Additionally, the Christian counselor seeks to stimulate growth and help experience forgiveness within a Christian world view. Christian counselors model and teach standards in keeping with the client's belief system and encourage Christian values, standards, and attitudes.
Christian counselors utilize unique methods. Like non-Christian counselors, Christian counselors seek to arouse the belief that help is possible, correct erroneous beliefs about the world, develop competencies in social living, and help clients accept themselves as persons of worth. Christian counselors do not use counseling techniques that would be considered immoral or inconsistent with biblical teaching. When requested and deemed appropriate, Christian counselors may use prayer, reading of scriptures, and gentle confrontations. Sometimes, clients are encouraged to seek out a church body.
Christian counselors display unique characteristics. Like non-Christian counselors, Christian counselors ask: What is the problem? Should I intervene and try to help? What could I do to help? Would someone else be better qualified to help? Christian counselors consider themselves to be helpers who are characterized by warmth, sensitivity, understanding, genuine concern, a willingness to confront people with an attitude of caring, and whose personal characteristics are not contradictory to Christian faith and values. Following Biblical examples of listening prior to stimulating someone to change is a value of Christian counselors. Sometimes, we tell people what to do, but we use skillful and divinely guided questioning to help clients resolve their problems.
How much does Christian Counseling cost? We offer Christian Counseling using the same fee structure as our other services. Visit the Fees & Payment page for more information--including the possibility of utilizing a sliding scale for payment. Insurance information: Mrs. Wheeler is on many of the most popular insurance panels including, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna,TriCare Carolina Care Plan, Aetna and others. She is also on several EAPs (Employee Assistance Program) including Employee Assistance Professionals, Compsych, First Sun, New Directions, Chestnut EAP. Ms. Wheeler is able to take Medicaid through BC/BS and Cenpatico
How do I arrange for Counseling? Contact Helen Wheeler by Phone: (843) 763-5837; Fax: (803) 753-0134; or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is the Center for Families? We are located at 27 Gamecock Avenue, Suite 202, Charleston, SC 29407, just off I-26 at the Cosgrove exit 216 South, behind S&S Cafeteria. Visit the Contact & Location page for more information.