Our Approach to Counseling [1]
At Village Counseling we desire to guide hurting individuals towards emotional and spiritual wholeness.  A holistic view of persons is foundational to our view of counseling.  In order to restore health to an individual, we must consider the dimensions of both body and soul.

The science of psychology offers valuable observations that can deepen our understanding of the human mind and human behavior.  It can also provide interventions that help address and alleviate symptoms.  However, we must critically examine all observations and interventions and reinterpret them within a biblical framework.

Our biblical framework is the gospel theory.  The gospel theory presupposes that people are created in the image of God to worship Him.  Our understanding of the meaning of life, the value of people, and how the world functions must be derived from God’s revelation.  As a result of the fall, the existential concerns of our identity (who am I?) and our purpose (why do I exist?) became our most basic struggle.  Therefore, we not only imagine ourselves as god, but we also create systems of redemption to justify ourselves, cope with life, find meaning and purpose, and restore our broken image.

Our fundamental problem is idolatry.  There are deep idols within the heart beneath the more concrete and visible surface idols that we serve.  The deep idols refer to the motivational factors that drive us in pursuit of surface idols.  Each deep idol (power, approval, comfort, or control) generates a different set of fears and hopes, which stems from our alienation from God.  Idols massively distort how we think and feel.  The desires that they generate can become paralyzing and overwhelming.  Fortunately, the gospel theory does not just leave us with this diagnosis, but gives us the prescription for restoration and hope.  Because we all need assurance of our unique value from an outside source, the ultimate solution to this fundamental problem is to cease pursuing idols and become grounded in the grace and love of Jesus Christ.  This allows us to take ownership of our identity and say to ourselves, “I am more flawed and sinful than I ever dared to believe, but I am even more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope.”  Christ’s death on the cross has justified us and reconciled us to God.  He has given us His Holy Spirit who is continually doing redemptive work in us through the process of sanctification.  The process of change and growth occurs as we come to recognize and confess our brokenness, embrace by faith our identity in Christ, and strive to live in obedience through the freedom that comes when Christ reigns in our hearts.

[1] Keller, Tim.  Redeemer Counseling Services Manual. New York, Redeemer Presbyterian Church. p. 12-13