Selecting A Biblical Counselor
-Pray that God will guide you to the right counselor.
-Select a biblical counselor from your home church if one is available.
-If your church does not have a biblical counselor, ask your pastor for a referral to a biblical counseling ministry in your community.
-Ask a fellow-believer for a recommendation to a biblical counselor who has helped them.
Here are some key questions to ask a prospective counselor:
-Are you a believer? When did you accept Christ as your Savior?
-How does your faith affect your counseling?
-Upon what do you base your counseling?
-How do you incorporate prayer into your counseling?
-How long have you been engaged in a counseling ministry?
-Do you charge for counseling and if so, what is the fee?
Remember that just because someone is a Christian does not mean he/she is a biblical counselor. Some Christian counselors base their counsel on secular psychology. Biblical counselors base their counsel on God’s Word, not secular psychology.
-Be sure your counselor is a born-again believer.
-Be sure your counselor incorporates prayer and the Word of God into counseling.
-Counseling is an interactive process, meaning that open and honest dialogue must occur between a counselor and a counselee. If you cannot establish such dialogue, you might need to find a different counselor.
-Do not remain with a counselor who discredits God, discounts His Word, or criticizes the church and its leadership.
-Do not remain with a counselor whose lifestyle does not line up with the Word of God.
-Do not remain with a counselor who is manipulative or controlling.