The Role of The Belief Therapist

The Belief Therapist, unless he/she is a licensed professional, is a paraprofessional personal human development therapon. The Belief Therapist uses this distinctive mark to announce his/her association with Belief Therapy and to distinguish themselves from others who are in the faith-based counseling field.

The task of the Belief Therapist is to act as a discernotician, therapon, educator, Scripturologist and technical consultant who assesses maladaptive cognitive processes (lies people believe) and works with the Christian client to design learning experiences that will replace the lies he/she is believing with the truth of God’s Word and the behavioral and affective patterns with which they correlate. For the Belief Therapist, listening must therefore be below the surface. Listening includes spiritual discernment. (1 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 12:10; Hebrews 5:14)

The Belief Therapist is to emphasize the primacy of agape love and the need to develop a warm, genuine and emphatic relationship with the client that is collaborative. (John 13:34-35; Galatians 5:13; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 4:2; Ephesians 4:15; Ephesians 5:2; Philippians 2:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 4:9)

The Belief Therapist must deal Scripturally and more adequately with the past, especially unresolved developmental issues or childhood experiences that are affecting their present pain, with the judicious use of prayer for healing. (Philippians 3:13; James 5:13-16)

The Belief Therapist must also pay special attention to the meaning of spiritual, experiential and mystical aspects of faith and life and not overemphasize the rationalistic dimension. (Matthew 17:14-21; Hebrews 11:1-3)

The Belief Therapist should always be sensitive to the possibility of demonic involvement in some cases. (Ephesians 6:12)

The Belief Therapist should use Biblical truth and not relativistic, empirically oriented values in conducting belief restructuring to change problematic thinking, darkened emotions and godless, negative, maladaptive behavior. (Romans 12:1-2)

The Belief Therapist also emphasizes the ministry of the Holy Spirit in processing inner healing, cognitive, behavioral and emotional change. (John 14:17; John 16:13)

The Belief Therapist may use only those techniques that are consistent with Biblical truth, morality and ethics and not simplistically use whatever techniques are perceived to work. (John 14:16; Matthew 7:14; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Colossians 2:6-7; 2 Tim. 3;16)

The Belief Therapist may utilize rigorous outcome research methodology before making definitive conclusions about the superiority (not just the general effectiveness) of Belief Therapy. (Galatians 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:21)