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Our Approach to Counseling - Be Transformed SM

Basic Premise:

A person's level of healthy functioning in any aspect of life is based on their level of internal peace. People who are peaceful do not have consistent or acute negative emotions or self-destructive behavior. They do have good relationships, self-confidence, and cope well when challenges come their way. The most effective way to increase peace is to resolve those things dwelling within our hearts that rob us of our peace. And the most effective way to gain resolution of heart problems is in the context of our faith. When the heart is healed, sustained changes occur in emotions and behavior. The most common outcome for Rock House Center clients is that they experience significantly positive, sustained life changes. Read testimonies

Different from traditional counseling:

Traditional psychotherapy, Christian counseling, and psychiatry typically seek to change emotions and modify behavior through medications and talk therapy. These approaches focus on controlling the symptoms rather than resolving root causes. While change can be experienced through these methods, consistent, positive change is rarely sustainable when medication or talk therapy is concluded.1,2 The focus of traditional behavioral health on symptom management is inherently different from seeking a changed life on a heart level

Limited duration:

While other forms of counseling and treatment often continue over an extended period, the RHC process is usually contained to 30 hours of counseling over 15 weeks. Clients may choose to meet weekly, every other week or twice weekly, but it is uncommon to continue beyond 30 hours of counseling. And in no case has our process been designed to 'journey through life' with clients helping them 'cope with their struggles' as may be the case with secular therapies. The RHC Be Transformed SM methodology is designed to seek God's resolution to life challenges and launch clients on a new life trajectory, without the need for extended counseling.

Methodology:

At Rock House Center we use our proprietary Be Transformed SM Biblical counseling model to uncover the root causes of negative emotions and unwanted behaviors. After each cause is identified, we then guide our clients through a pathway to healing at the source of their struggle in the context of Biblical truth and prayer. This process is guided by a Biblical counselor and includes home study of our daily devotional materials and weekly video resources to advance personal heart change between counseling sessions.

No Mental Health Stigma:

At Rock House Center we do not label or diagnose our clients. There is no mental health diagnosis in a client's file and no stigma of engaging a mental health practitioner. Our Be Transformed SM process does not incorporate or attempt to be similar to mental health practices. RHC counselors are trained and certified in our proprietary Be Transformed SM Biblical counseling approach and use only that methodology.

Be Transformed SM Resources:

Clients are provided three basic resources to address their needs:

  1. One-on-one counseling time with a certified Rock House Center facilitator
  2. 15-section devotional guide, complete with 105 days of content in order to advance at home between sessions
  3. 15 videos (45-60 minutes in duration) that correlate to the 15-section devotional guide, also done between sessions

Process:

  1. Introductory meeting to learn about Rock House Center and confirm that our process is a fit for the client's specific needs
  2. One-on-one sessions with a Biblical counselor supported by devotional guide and videos
  3. Client may continue in the program as long as they and the counselor agree that the sessions are productive. Typically, clients conclude after 15 sessions.
  4. Clients are always welcome to return to Rock House Center for additional sessions as they feel the need.

Footnotes to articles

1. Mental Health Care often Ineffective, by Leonard Bickman, PhD., professor at Vanderbilt University Reprinted from an opinion article, in the Tennessean on February 11, 2013

2. Why Psychiatry Needs Therapy, by Edward Shorter, Ph.D. Harvard, F.R.S.C., professor of the history of medicine and psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto. Reprinted from an opinion article, in the Wall Street Journal on February 27, 2010