We are successful in our counseling because we uniquely combine three normally distinct approaches to therapy and treatment: Pastoral (Biblical) Counseling, Secular Counseling, and the Recovery Model.
1) Pastoral Counseling: First and foremost, Pureheart's counseling model is fundamentally Biblical. As Christian counselors we believe the Bible is the standard of truth by which all things (counseling practices included) are judged. We believe, for example, that humanity's most basic problem is our sinful condition and broken relationship with God. This is not a "mental health" issue first and foremost but a spiritual condition. Mental health issues, emotional problems, chemical imbalances, dysfunctional families, trauma and abuse, disease, and demonization are all products of our spiritually fallen state. This is not in any way to minimize the impact these issues can have on any particular person. Rather it is to emphasize our presupposition that Pureheart's particular style of pastoral counseling assumes that all such issues must be treated in conjunction with work that helps the counselee restore his or her right relationship with God. We believe counseling without a spiritual emphasis will always be incomplete at best.
2) The Secular Counseling Model: Whenever beneficial to the counselee, Pureheart will also incorporate therapeutic techniques and practices from the secular word of counseling. While there is much we disagree with in secular counseling, there is also plenty of wisdom gained over many, many hours of counseling and knowledge of what works in therapy. A confidentiality and disclosure statement, for example, is standard practice among secular counselors; we also provide the counselee with such a statement, modified considerably to include the philosophy of ministry which you are now reading. Specifically Pureheart counselors draw from two secular counseling models: Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. With an emphasis on building on a person's own internal motivations for changing their lifestyle, Motivational Interviewing has rapidly become a common therapeutic style used in treatment of addictions. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy assumes that many problems stem from a person's thought patterns and actions. Even though you may feel trapped, your thoughts and actions change your feelings, which leads to success.
3) The Recovery Model: As typified by Alcoholics Anonymous, Pureheart also incorporates elements from this model of treatment, but once again, we pick and choose that which we believe is most beneficial to the counselee. We will, for example, never have a brother open a sentence with the phrase, "Hi, I am John Doe and I am an alcoholic." On the contrary, Pureheart teaches a brother or a sister how to fully realize and live according to his or her full potential and identity as a new creation in Christ. In other words, "Hi, I am John Doe and I am a Man of God." There are many positive steps in the 12 Step Process but we have further refined these steps and created a unique curriculum that is in some ways far more demanding. In keeping with the Recovery Model, however, counselees will regularly fill out a detailed "Check-In" sheet with their counselor. Around the halfway point of counseling, counselees will be encouraged to attend a weekly "accountability" group towards the end of building a healthy support network (with an eye towards the counselee maintaining his progress after counseling). Counselees will be encouraged to share their own stories of recovery (their testimony) with others where appropriate and Pureheart counselors will often refer to their own recovery process as a model for the counselee. Pureheart's emphasis on workbooks, homework, "brutal honesty," regular checkins, reliance on a support system you build, and in turn the sponsoring and caring for others in the recovery process is all part of the beneficial aspects of this model.
This is what Pureheart has to offer. Contact us here only if you are serious and ready to pay the price for freedom. The truth will indeed set you free but you must first learn the truth, then believe it, and finally, live by it. We are here to help guide you through this life-transforming process.