What Are Your Qualifications to Be My Christian Counselor?

This question is asked so often that I designed this page for you to have confidence in my services. First, I believe that professional Christian counseling should be provided by someone meeting the following criteria:

  1. Believes the Bible is the inerrant, absolute standard of truth.
  2. Has been trained in the science of psychology and the scientific method.
  3. Has mastered the art of counseling under seasoned practitioners
  4. Has at least two years of professional experience under licensed supervision.
  5. Is state-licensed to practice counseling as a counselor, or is under licensed supervision.
  6. Exemplifies continued spiritual, personal, and professional growth.
  7. Follows an ethical code of practice to which he or she is accountable.

For those curious about my personal faith, my personal life, and my Christian views, and answers to FAQs on Christianity and mental health, click the following pages: my Christian beliefs, my personal life, and answers to the most FAQs I receive from new clients. Counseling ethics prevent me from providing names or endorsements from former clients, but upon request, I could provide you with clergy and other mental health professionals who are familiar with me and my work.

The following are more specific details regarding my professional Christian counseling qualifications:

Educational

  • Doctor of Education, (Ed. D.), Counseling (Northern Illinois University, 2001)
  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology (Southern Illinois University, 1987)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (University of Missouri, 1983).

Professional Experience

Counseling

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, private practice, Rockford, IL since 1993
  • Marital/Family Therapist, Family Services Association, Beloit, WI (1990-1995)
  • Adolescent and Child Psychotherapist, Covenant Children’s Home, Princeton, IL (1987-1989)
  • Psychiatric Technician, Christian Hospital Northwest, St. Louis, MO (1981-1987)

Academic

  • Rock River Christian College (2014-15). Courses taught:
    • Self-Care in Christian Ministry (2015)
    • Introduction to Christian Counseling (2014)
  • On adjunct faculty at Judson University 2000-2007. Courses taught:
    • Psychological Disorders (2000-2007)
    • Introduction to Counseling (2000-2001).

Licensure

Professional Memberships

Christian Counseling Ministry: Advanced Training

  • Transformational Prayer Ministry (TPM) Apprenticeship (24 unit hours) under Dr. Ed`Smith, Campbellville, KY, August 21-24, 2002; Basic Principles (8 unit hours), Dr. Karl Lehman, Chicago, December 2001.
  • Freedom in Christ Training: Advanced Seminar for Counselors & Clergy (15 hrs). Dr. Neil Anderson, October 27 & 28, 1994, Rockford, IL.