The U.S. Patent and Trademark office identifies Belief Therapy as a “psychological and Christian counseling model.”  However, it is enormously deeper than that.  It is the surest way to spiritual and emotional health we have found. 
The average worship service of an average local church is filled with hurting and healing people.  For example, the 200 member Executive Board of the multimillion membership of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, approved a plan for the convention to “focus on church health.”  Ministers by the hundreds are experiencing personal and ministry “burn out.”  Local churches are full of, as Dr. Freddie Gage, Southern Baptist’s leading evangelist and founder of Wounded Heroes, “the walking wounded.”  We do have a spiritual health problem in the church.
Belief Therapy was specifically created to be the faith-based therapeutic counseling modelity for pastors, licensed professionals, and lay counselors.  However, it has expanded itself, with no help from man, into a “spiritual and emotional health program” for the local therapeutically transforming experiences for the hundreds of pastors, licensed professionals, and lay counselors who were there to learn how to Biblically counsel with hurting people.  However, they received more than they bargained for — release from life-controlling bondages.  In addition, numbers of professionals who have enrolled in the classes solely for the purpose of meeting State Continuing Education requirements have been saved.
The developer of Belief Therapy, Dr. Paul Carlin, suggests that key components of the model be utilized as a “spiritual and emotional health seminar” for the local church.
Earl R. Henslin, Psy. D., a Christian psychologist and author of  Forgiven and Free, says, “Congratulations on the successful program that you have put together, and the state and national attention that you are getting.  The 11 axioms are well thought out and well put together.”
William Backus, Ph.D., another respected Christian psychologist, the author of  Learning to Tell Yourself the Truth, and who is founder and director of the Center for Christian Psychological Services, says, “Your 11 axioms are right on target.”
The concepts of Belief Therapy are not new.  The foundation upon which we have developed our faith-based therapeutic treatment model was laid by both Christian and secular psychologists.  The application of our spiritual dynamics and Biblical foundation to traditional treatment and psychotherapy is, however, new.  What we have done in Belief Therapy is scripturally structure Rational Emotative Therapy and Cognitive Therapy into a Biblical model.
Prisoners of Belief is a fine work authored by Dr. Matthew McKay.  He is the respected co-director of Brief Therapy Associates and Haight Ashbury Psychological Services in San Francisco.  He says, “Deeply held, core beliefs are the bedrock of personality.  They define you as worthy or worthless, competent or incompetent, empowered or helpless, belonging or outcast, secure or threatened, etc.  Core beliefs establish the limits of your achievement, satisfaction, and emotional well-being.” 
Allow me to make my point by additionally quoting from some of the most respected psychotherapists in America.  Writing in the introduction to Mind Over Mood, authored by Dr. Dennis Greenberger and Dr. Christine A. Padesky, both clinical psychologists, Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, says, “Mind Over Mood will prove to be a significant milestone in the evaluation of cognitive therapy.”  Dr. Beck began developing cognitive therapy in the late 1950’s.  Many consider him to be the father to the therapeutic treatment model, cognitive therapy.
In their fine work, Mind Over Mood, Drs. Greenberger and Padesky focus on the standard cognitive model which begins with our thoughts.  However, in chapter one, pages 16 and 17, they make these statements:  “Each situation you might think would create some mood for everyone – such as losing a job – may, in fact lead to different moods because of the different personal beliefs and meanings.”  Using a counselee case study they say, “Marissa thinks she is unloved.  This belief seems absolutely true to her.  Given her negative experiences with men, she can’t even imagine that someone could truly love her.  This belief, coupled with her desire to be in a relationship, leads her to feel depressed.” 
The idea of Belief Therapy is to go to the source of our thoughts which are our beliefs.  Drs. Greenberger, Padesky, and McKay allude to this premise.  Belief Therapy makes belief the issue.  People do what they do because they believe what they believe.
Psychologist William Backus is founder and director of Christian Psychological Services in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is the developer of Truth Therapy.  In his book, Telling Yourself the Truth, Dr. Backus says, “Misbeliefs (or ‘lies’ as we identify them in Belief Therapy) are the direct causes of emotional turmoil, maladaptive behavior and most so-called ‘mental illness.’  Misbeliefs are the cause of the destructive behavior people persist in engaging in even when they are aware that it is harmful to them (such as over-eating, smoking, lying, drunkenness, stealing and adultery.)
Dr. Chris Thurman is a psychologist who authored the best seller, The Lies We Believe.  He says, in his workbook by the same name, “The ultimate war is lies versus truth.  Lies have invaded our minds and are wreaking havoc on our lives.  They are destroying our emotional health, our relationships, our work lives, our families, and our faith.”
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend are both psychologists and coauthors of, Beliefs That Can Drive You Crazy.  The subtitle for the work is, Relief From False Assumptions.  The premise of their research is that many emotional problems are rooted in “ideas that are emotional heresies.”  They call them “false assumptions.”  Belief Therapy calls them lies.
Jim Myers, a Kansas City psychologist, believes to successfully manage anger we must look at what we are thinking.  “If I hold it up to the light of truth, if I change that, the baggage goes away,” she says.
Abby Feber is a sociologist from the University of Colorado.  In referencing her conclusion into the common denominator of serial killers, she says, “What is really troubling is that these men have so many historical references in their belief.”
“Faith seems to be good for what ails you,” said Dr. Dale Matthews, an internist at Georgetown University Medical Center and the author of  The Faith Factor.  “Ignoring it is no longer acceptable.”
Dr Herbert Benson is a professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard-sponsored “Spirituality and Healing in Medicine” program.  His research shows that “for centuries, doctors have tried to heal ailments with surgery or drugs, but in recent decades they have begun using patients’ ‘belief system’ to help the process.” 
Dr. Harold Koening, director of Duke University’s Center for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health, has concluded that people who attend religious services at least once a week have healthier immune systems than those who don’t.
Vice President Al Gore, releasing the administration’s 1999 drug control strategy, called the nation’s drug abuse a “spiritual problem.”
The idea of Christians having access to a professionally provable and scripturally developed counseling model is now a reality with Belief Therapy.
What is Belief Therapy? 
Belief Therapy is the faith-based lie versus truth counseling process.  It is based on the premise that people do what they do because they believe what they believe.  In Belief Therapy we say that the source of destructive consequent behavior lies in what a person believes.  Feelings are not the cause of our emotional difficulties — they are the result.  Belief Therapy teaches that we feel the way we think and we think the way we believe.  It is a matter of Biblical truth that beliefs are the primary source of our attitudes, responses, feelings, and actions.  If people believe lies, the lies will produce problematic thinking, that will produce darkened emotions, that will produce godless behavior.
Who is Helped By Belief Therapy?
Anyone with a life-controlling problem, irresponsible behavior, and/or any addictive-compulsive lifestyle.  Belief Therapy will help hurting and healing people understand the difference in a sin and a wound.  The concepts of Belief Therapy may be used as part of the treatment process for people suffering from depressed moods, anger, fear, bad habits, codependency, and marriage problems.  It has been effectively used in criminal recovery and relapse prevention.  The Therapon Institute’s His Steps program is a Belief Therapy recovery process.
Who Uses Belief Therapy?
Graduates of The Therapon Institute are Certified Belief Therapists.  They include pastors, chaplains, medical doctors, lay people, church counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, psychologists, and Cognitive Intervention therapists.  There are local churches and ministries who require their counselors to become Certified Belief Therapists.  Prisons and half-way houses use Belief Therapy.  Christian counseling centers use Belief Therapy.
Will It Work For Me?
Absolutely yes!  If you are willing to accept the Word of God as the truth, if you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to expose the lies you may be believing, if you are willing to replace those lies with the truth, then Belief Therapy will work for you.
Who Should Become A Belief Therapist?
Anyone who has the gift of the Holy Spirit for helping people should by all means learn Belief Therapy.  Anyone who is interested in learning how to help people will greatly benefit from Therapon’s faith-based Belief Therapy Certification school.  Every Christian who is a counselor, professional, nonprofessional, or a paraprofessional should certainly become a Belief Therapist.