Ever hear of _____Therapy (the latest christian model)?


Someone recently mentioned “Creation Therapy” as the latest Christian counseling treatment. Ever heard of it? Is it any good?

You be the judge. Google it (with quotes) and tell me what your first impressions are of the several sites that mention it (and therefore impressions of the therapy). How would you go about evaluating the tools?

Tomorrow, I’ll make some comments on good ways to evaluate up and coming models of christian counseling.

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4 responses to “Ever hear of _____Therapy (the latest christian model)?

  1. My initial impression is that it is a cookie-cutter approach with a built in mechanism for blaming others (improperly trained counselors) should therapy not be successful.

    Interesting that on at least two of the sites I quickly perused “Creation Therapy” was offered alongside “Theophostic” therapy: doesn’t each sort of imply they are the one right way to do therapy?

  2. My first impressions are not good at all. This may sound harsh – but here’s my honest first impression: “Creation Therapy” is nothing more than than a money making machine. They seem to have taken Tim LaHaye’s work on temperaments (who borrowed them from someone else) and material from the FIRO-B and repackaged them together to make a buck.

    What bothers me most is that very little information about “Creation Therapy” is available unless you shell out some money. Integrity demands that any counseling approach be made available to and put to the test by independent sources.

    I feel a rant coming on, so I’ll stop for now.

  3. “rather than spending session after session in an attempt to correct “symptoms,” the counselor follows a step-by-step counseling procedure developed to “target” the source of the problem(s).” What is new about this? As an experienced counselee I am always trying to distinguish between symptoms and sources. It was something my counselor helped me to understand and apply from week one. Okay, maybe week four. We work on symptoms because they are out front in the open and it’s an easy way to deny the source issues.

    5000 people is a lot of people (drug companies sell products with less subjects than that), but I’m left with the impression that these individuals were used to develop the step-by-step method. Now that the method has been developed, how successful has it been? What was/is the failure rate? Of the 5000 people how many were the subjects of experimentation?

    Only looked at a few sites, but I have many questions and no cash to get them answered.

    Only looked at a few sites, but didn’t like what I saw. Many questions coming to mind. Like Aaron said, why only available thru sales?

  4. My first impression of this “new” therapy was that it appeared to be quite biblical. It places the client in the correct context of being created by God – we are all designed uniquely by God with different personalities, gifts, talents, appearance etc. Many clients that find their way into therapy have some level of identity confusion, ranging from self-doubt all the way to having no sense of who they are as individuals. Therefore, to provide an avenue for clients to discover who they are in all their uniqueness and “specialness” as designed by God, and to understand themselves, God and others more deeply will move them towards hope and healing. However, this does not seem to me to be any new “therapy” but is a fundamental belief of Christian counseling. Also, it is only part of the picture.

    The other central aspect in Christian counseling (and I believe in counseling in general) is the role of relationship. We were designed to be in relationship, primarily with God and then with others. Mental disorders and life difficulties disrupt the relationships in our lives in a negative way and may leave us in a vulnerable place of having our relational needs go unmet. Alternatively, damaging relationships in our lives can give rise to mental distress and disorder. In such instances, the counselor may be the only person available that can give a client a healthy and unconditionally loving relational experience. It is partly this experience that can counteract the emotional/spiritual damage done to a person and allow them the space and safety in which to grow. If, as this new therapy seems to suggest, you take the personal interaction of the therapeutic relationship out of the picture, and replace it with administration of a test to the client, then I believe that is to miss a vital biblical principle of what aids wellbeing and moves people towards healing as God intended.

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