You’re probably reading this because you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, anger, an addiction — or possibly a marital or family conflict — and you believe that God is leading you to a professional Christian counselor. If so, I’d be honored to walk alongside you during this season of your life. As a licensed clinical counselor with a doctorate in counseling and a master’s in clinical psychology, I’ve been in private practice for over 20 years. Most of my clients share my Christian faith, but all hurting people are welcome in my office.
Are We a Good Fit?
To help you decide if my counseling services are a good fit for you, this website provides you with a description of my Christian counseling approach, my qualifications, my published work, my specializations, and an open statement of my Christian faith along with frequently asked questions I often receive from new clients. Also there’s a brief description of my personal and family life and an article I wrote on Transformational Prayer Ministry (TPM) primarily for counseling students, my colleagues, and anyone else interested in this topic.
Who Are the Clients I Serve?
My typical client is a Bible-believing Christian under a lot of stress who wants to experience more love, joy, and peace and other “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal 5:22) even under very difficult circumstances: depression, an anxiety disorder, marital conflict, childhood trauma, anger problems, or an addiction. Some of my clients have a medical condition causing psychological distress, such as excruciating physical pain, hormonal imbalances, OCD, ADD, bipolarity or chemical imbalances in the brain.
No matter what condition they suffer, most of my my clients are highly motivated to learn how to “abide in Christ” (Jn 15:1-8) until love, joy, peace and other spiritual fruit become the daily norm, no matter what set of circumstances they suffer. Other clients are “spiritual seekers” who might be troubled and confused and want a trained, experienced spiritual counselor’s help in navigating through life’s struggles.
I have a big heart for hurting people — those whom Jesus calls the “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:2) — who are humble enough to seek my counsel and invest their time and resources to experience lasting change. That means that no one — absolutely no one — is turned away from my Bible-based, Christ-centered, Spirit-led services based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or political worldview. In fact, I actually enjoy working with very diverse clientele.
Setting Your First Appointment
If you have a question or want to request an appointment, feel free to call my office (815-980-2449) day or night, and just leave a message if I am not immediately available. I try to return all calls on the same day.
Clients who have invested their time to read about my Abide and Abound Counseling Approach — who have already “read the road map” to their healing and recovery — typically make the most rapid progress and require fewer sessions.
Appointment times are as follows: 3:15 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:15 PM and 7:30 PM Monday-Thursday. Fridays are usually for emergencies only. Each session runs for about an hour and 10 minutes.
After you set your appointment, please print each of the five documents (PDF files) on the bottom of this page and bring each form completed to your first session. Each form MUST be FULLY completed before the first session can begin.
Payment and Fees
If you have insurance, simplycall the phone number on the back of your insurance card and ask the insurance representative to answer each of the questions regarding your coverage on the Insurance Information Form below. I’ll be happy to file claims for you provided that you bring your insurance card to the first appointment so that I can make a copy of it. (If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, then yes, I am a BCBS Provider).
If you don’t have adequate insurance and can’t afford my fee, don’t give up! Just click the Services & Fees page on this website, call my office, and be prepared to answer each of the questions on that page. I will do all I can to do my part to work something out affordable for you.
My Office Location
This website also has clear directions to my office. If you live too far away to meet with me face-to-face in my Rockford Illinois office, I may be able to offer sessions over the phone or internet.
I try to start each session on time so please arrive promptly. In order to minimize waiting room traffic and distractions, please do not enter the waiting room more than about 5 minutes early. If you have any questions whatsoever that are not answered here, please feel free to call my office at 815-980-2449.
Congratulations on your decision to seek Christian counseling. May God richly bless you on your journey!
Scott Lownsdale, Ed.D. (“Dr. Scott”)
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
“MY MISSION is to glorify God by helping His people ABIDE in CHRIST until LOVE, JOY, PEACE and other fruit of the Spirit become the NORM under ANY set of conditions.” – Scott Lownsdale