How To Become A Christian Counselor With A Private Practice?
Hello there! I'm going to be a senior in high school and I am currently looking into colleges. I want to be a Christian Counselor and have my own private practice one day. It is my long term goal that I hope to make happen.
What would be the best way to go about doing this?
I want to go to a Christian (Baptist, preferably) college and major in Psychology. I figured I would work my way from there..
I've been reading into being a Christian Counselor and how you're supposed to be licensed/certified and you need to go to a properly accredited school. This confuses me. Most websites I've read say that you cannot be licensed by the state AND be a Christian counselor because you MUST follow State regulations which include not imposing your religion and such.
I want to use bible scripture and prayer in my counseling. So, I figured...that means I must get certified by a christian counseling organization, right? I'm still confused about this..because I've also read some people saying that they have done both..?
I've looked into some organizations and read their explanations on why Church and State must be separate. When I read what they say I get confused. Would having your own private practice not be allowed by the organization? Is it to be kept strictly INSIDE a church? Is it strictly voluntary work they are supporting?
Sorry, I have a lot of questions. I'm just researching my career path right now and trying to figure stuff out.
Thank you and God bless,
- DavidsLv 67 years agoBest Answer
There are no licensed Christian "Counselors" who have private practices.That's what the ungodly do. And it is wrong. Don't know who lead you to believe Christians behave in such ways but it's totally unbiblical. Psychotherapy is heresy to Christianity.
Christ following and Psychotherapy/Counselling are incompatible.
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- 4 years ago
you could look at Biola University for a start if your serious