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Top rated marriage and family counselors and therapists in Atlanta Georgia

Top rated marriage and family counselors and therapists in Atlanta Georgia

We recently did a survey to find the top rated christian marriage counselors and therapists in the Atlanta Georgia area. Over 1000 christian counselors were  considered in the survey. 

To be considered as a top rated counselor:

1. Been in business at least 5 years

2. At least 10 verified reviews

3. Testimonials from associates

4. Educational and other qualifications/credentials

Christian counseling also known as Biblical marriage counseling is very effective in helping christian couples and church goers. Atlanta is considered a bible belt. Atlanta has some of the best marriage, pre-marital and family christian counselors.

Counseling is a process whereby a counselee seeks to resolve personal, interpersonal, and/or spiritual difficulties with the assistance of a trained, certified professional individual.

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Many people, including Christians, struggle with life issues that impact their lives in a negative way. For this reason, many people seek the advice of a counselor for help with these issues. However, despite the large number of counselors who call themselves Christian counselors, few actually use the Bible as part of their counseling and rely upon man-made counseling methods, which produce man-made results. This leads many people to wonder how to find a good Christian counselor.

What are some things to look for when seeking a good Christian counselor?

With these things in mind, seeking a good Christian counselor starts by seeking one that is Christ-centered in their method of counseling and uses the Word of God as the foundation of their counseling. In addition to these things, there are a few other things that a good Christ-centered Christian counselor will do.

A good Christ-centered Christian counselor will follow what the Bible says about life issues and use the Bible when it comes to giving counsel. The following are some comparisons of how Christ-centered counselors differ from non-Christ centered counselors:

Handling life issues

When it comes to a generalize approach to handling life issues, non-Christ centered counselors will promote evolutionary psychological, behaviorist, or humanist methods and beliefs when addressing issues concerning the nature of man.

Christ-centered counselors will promote Biblical methods and beliefs when addressing issues concerning the nature of man.

Resolving issues from the past

When it comes to questions about resolving issues from the past, non-Christ centered counselors will promote venting, shifting blame, or talk therapy as the primary approach.

Christ-centered counselors will resolve issues from the past by identifying sinful roots of behaviors and responses and promoting forgiveness and reconciliation where needed.

Stress

When it comes to questions about stress, non-Christ centered counselors will promote stress as the problem.

Christ-centered counselors will identify the sinful reactions to stress as the problem.

Anger management

When it comes to anger non-Christ centered counselors will promote venting or blowing off stream as the solution.

Christ-centered counselors will identify the sinful sources of anger and how to handle anger Biblically as the solution.

Changing behavior

When it comes to questions about changing behaviors, non-Christ centered counselors will promote the modification of standards to please self and others.

Christ-centered counselors will promote change by the standards of God’s Word to become more Christ like and pleasing to God.

Bad habits

When it comes to questions about bad habits, non-Christ centered counselors will promote bad habits as coping mechanisms learned to survive.

Christ-centered counselors will identify the bad habits as a result of sin.

Listening and patience

When it comes to questions about listening and patience, non-Christ centered counselors will promote validating feelings above being right and encouraging to vent so they can help identify a solution through self-made mirroring practices.

Christ-centered counselors will promote the Biblical principle of being swift to hear and slow to speak and encouraging the investigation the truth of the matter and confirming the facts without reacting in a sinful way.


STEPS TO TAKE

1. Pray Ask God for wisdom to make the right decisions as you seek a Christian counselor. God promises to give you wisdom if you ask in faith (James 1:5-8). As you step out in faith, He will direct your steps to the right counselor (see also Psalm 23, Proverbs 16:3 and Philippians 4:6-9).

2. Seek counsel The Bible teaches that there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14, 15:22, 24:6). If you belong to a church, it is important to ask your pastor, other church leaders, to recommend a qualified counselor.   Your pastor is in the church to give direction and care for the congregation. He or she may be able to offer some biblical direction or resources that can help, while you find the right counselor.  He or she will also be praying for you during this difficult time.

If you do not belong to a church:

–       ask a trusted, respected friend. They may have already spent time with a Christian counselor. If the counselor was able to help your friend, then he or she may be worth your prayerful consideration.

–       use our Referral Counselor list.

Consider this: One reason many people face problems is because they lack the right foundation, biblical information, encouragement, and modeling to help them succeed. Being involved in a local church may be one of the most important steps you take toward resolving the issues you face.

ISSUES TO CONSIDER

1. Your faith. Personal faith is essential to the process of growth in and through trials. What you believe to be true makes a huge difference.  In the midst of intense suffering and pain, God is willing and able to help you. He will be our strength and our place of refuge whenever we need Him (Psalm 46:1-3); and He promises Christians that in all things, even the most difficult, something good will come out of it.   Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  As you look to the Lord through the Bible, He will give you peace, strength and wisdom to make good decisions. Click here for an explanation about how you can know God personally.

2. Your understanding of the problem. Gaining understanding of the problem and how to address it, gives you a good starting point. It is very important to admit and confront your own part of the issues you face.

In addition to the Bible, there are bible based resources that offer encouragement and instruction. Ask a trusted wise friend to recommend resources in the area you are struggling.  For more suggested resources refer to More Help.

QUESTIONS TO ASK A PROSPECTIVE COUNSELOR

It’s important to make an informed decision about each counselor you consider. If possible, ask these questions on the phone before an appointment, or discuss them during your first meeting. The kind of counselor you will want—one who is humble and committed to the Bible—should have no problem helping you in this way.

You may want to discuss the answers with a friend.  Don’t forget to pray for God’s wisdom to make the right choice.

Ask your prospective counselor:

  1. What is your approach to understanding people’s problems and helping them grow and change through counseling? Please describe this process.
  2. What are some books or other resources that you recommend on a regular basis or that have most influenced your approach to counseling?
  3. Are you a Christian? How does your faith affect your view and practice of counseling?
  4. Do you bring Christian truth into your counseling practice? How? What role does the Bible play?
  5. Do you pray with those you counsel?
  6. What is your educational and professional background? What role does it play?
  7. 7. Are you married? Do you have children? How does your marriage and family situation affect how you counsel people?

REMEMBER. . .

Counseling is an interactive process. It is built, established, and maintained on the basis of trust. 

Open and honest dialogue between a counselor and client is the most important component of building trust. If you cannot establish this foundation of trust early on—if you are not confident that the counselor will be wise, biblical, loving, and faithful in your interaction—you may need to look elsewhere.

On the other hand, if you find a wise counselor who uses God’s Word to help you grow in your Christian walk, in your marriage and in your family, Scripture says you will be blessed! 

As Proverbs 3:13 tells us, “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.”


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