Worldviews and Disclosures

Worldviews and DisclosuresI need to talk about worldviews a little. The social sciences often profess to be values neutral, but the truth is every person brings a very complex template of experiences, ideas, and ideals into each relationship. This is especially true in counseling. Because a therapist does not disclose his personal value system does not mean he doesn’t possess one.

I would never want to impose my beliefs upon you; I want above all to meet you where you are and help you find your way forward. My heart is to honor and respect you and to learn from you as we seek healing together. Likewise, my personal thoughts and perspectives are shared only rarely if deemed necessary by your questions or by the perception that a brief statement concerning my own life may be helpful to you.

Psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and theology are all disciplines with much to offer to the field of counseling. Every therapist brings his training and ongoing research as well as his past clinical insights into the present counseling relationship, and together these coalesce in a crucial way to form the complex individual treatments we employ in our work.

I believe you are entitled to know in a very general sense my worldview. I am a generic Christian and a lover of all the many forms and styles of Christ-based worship. Those who come for help to me cross all persuasions of belief, including many who have no particular religious bent or training, and some who do not profess a belief in God at all. I am privileged to try and connect with them at their place of contact. It’s not my job to change their beliefs, only to bring whatever healing I can to their pain and brokenness.

Emotional, psychological, spiritual, and relational problems are at the root of many physical ailments, and counseling can facilitate deep healing for individuals and families.