CCM Philosophy

Thank you for desiring to learn more about our philosophy or approach to counseling. If you have looked around very much, you will know that there are many different approaches to counseling. Some counsel from a purely psychological/theoretical viewpoint. Others counsel from a strictly biblical point of view. Still others seek to integrate psychological theory with the Scriptures to guide them in counseling. Although the counselors at Christian Counseling of Mansfield have studied in the field of "psychological theory", they have come to accept the strictly biblical approach to counseling as a superior model for counseling.

Second Timothy 3:16, 17 teaches that Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, reproving, correcting, and training in righteousness for the purpose of equipping the people of God for all good work. That is a foundational belief for us at Christian Counseling of Mansfield. We believe the Scriptures are inspired by God, and that they are sufficient (no other source of truth is needed) for "all matters pertaining to life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3).

There are two primary objectives that guide the counseling philosophy at CCM:

1) To help those who come to us to know for sure that they have a personal relationship with God through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and

2) Once that foundation is laid, the goal then becomes to help those individuals, marriages, and families to become more like Jesus Christ in how they respond to life and its many trials and adversities.

Two truths that are central to our counseling philosophy at CCM come from the Gospel of Matthew 22:36-40. In this passage we are told that there are two commandments (not three):

1) Love the Lord your God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and

2) Love your neighbor as yourself.

While many counseling philosophies teach that man's greatest problem is that he does not love himself enough and does not have enough "self-esteem", we believe the Scriptural teaching is that man does not love God or others as he should, and that he thinks too highly and too much of himself. This has tremendous implications for counseling.

We would be honored to meet you and help with your counseling needs. We offer individual, marriage, and family counseling. Please consider allowing us to serve you.

Our belief about marriage: We believe that marriage was instituted by God in Genesis 2:18-25 and reinforced throughout the New Testament in various places (Matthew 19; Ephesians 5; Colossians 3, etc.).  A biblical marriage is one that consists of one naturally born man and one naturally born woman. Because God is the originator and designer of marriage, it is not to be distorted by mankind's own ideas of how he or she thinks it ought to be. Our counselors will only counsel those who are pursuing a marriage relationship that aligns with this biblical model.