Our Counselling Approach
What is Christian counselling? What makes it Christian? Are there different kinds? What can I expect? There are three main ways in which Christians regularly provide counselling.
One category is commonly called “Biblical Counselling.” This is typically viewed as counselling from Scripture alone and will not utilize psychological/counselling theories or practices. This approach sees “Biblical Counselling” mostly as a ministry of the church. Therefore, “Biblical Counsellors” are not publicly licensed or regulated.
Secular counselling is when counsellors are trained in psychology/counselling theories, research, and practices. They generally operate within the framework of the science of counselling while being sensitive to the client’s faith but not integrating their own beliefs.
This approach seeks to “integrate” the truths of Scripture with the science (theories, research, and practices) of psychology/counselling. Typically, this approach views Scripture as authoritative and at the same time acknowledges that Scripture does not prescribe treatment for many issues of life, similar to within the medical field; and that God has given us science as one means of better understanding and stewarding his created order (including mental health). Integrationists view counselling as a unique profession distinct from (although complementary to) Biblical counselling. Therefore, integrationists are trained and obtain professional licensure and are regulated by the laws and ethics of their licensing board.
AIM Care at Tumaini Counselling Centres
Collectively, we take an integration approach to counselling. We all seek to integrate our Christian faith, Scripture, and prayer respectfully and sensitively into our practice with our clients.
Permission for use of this document has been granted by Valeo Global (https://www.valeo.global/christian-counseling); the wording has been modified to suit AIM Care’s operations.