Are you looking for a trained, certified biblical counselor in your area? Want to recommend a good biblical counselor to help others? Interested in training to become a biblical counselor? You’ve come to the right place.
A word about pastoral counseling:
Assuming you are a member of a doctrinally sound church, if you are in need of counseling about a personal issue, my advice is to seek the counsel of your pastor first before attempting to locate a biblical counselor.
There are several reasons for this. First, as a shepherd, part of your pastor’s job is counseling his sheep. Second, as your pastor, he is probably already acquainted with you, your personality, some of your history, your habits, etc. A rapport has already been built that is not there with a biblical counselor you’ve never met before. Third, your pastor is most likely equipped to help you through your issue, especially if it’s a moderate to minor one, but often, even if it’s a more serious issue. Seeing your pastor first can be faster and easier than beginning the search for a qualified biblical counselor. Fourth, if, for some reason, your pastor cannot counsel you, he is probably more familiar with the biblical counseling resources in your area, and can steer you to those more efficiently than this page can.
Even if you do end up wanting or needing to see a biblical counselor, setting up an appointment with your pastor can be a very helpful first step in the process.
What is biblical counseling?
Biblical counseling (sometimes called nouthetic counseling) is not the same thing as “Christian counseling” or going to a regular therapist who happens also to be a Christian. It’s a totally different animal. Briefly, a biblical counselor is someone who has completed training in a biblical counseling program where he or she has learned Scripture, doctrine, and theology, and how to help counselees correctly apply the Bible to their particular situations. It has been compared by some to a focused, “deep dive” form of one on one discipleship.
What Distinguishes Biblical Counseling from other Methods? by David Powlison
What is Biblical Counseling? interview with David Powlison
Biblical counseling article at Got Questions
Two Sides of the Counseling Coin (distinctions between biblical and nouthetic counseling) by Heath Lambert
Recommending a Biblical Counselor
I welcome recommendations of church-based biblical counselors and parachurch biblical counseling ministries to add to the list below. You may add your recommendation to the comments section of this page. If you’d like to make a recommendation, please be advised:
•The recommendation must be for a biblical counselor or counseling ministry. Recommendations for Christian counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, life coaches, etc. will not be accepted.
•The biblical counselor must have been trained and certified by a reputable biblical counseling organization (see below) or seminary.
•You must include the website of the church, counselor, or counseling ministry you are recommending. Recommendations not including websites will not be considered.
•I will not post recommendations for counselors/churches or counseling ministries I find to be doctrinally unsound.
•If you see a counselor or counseling ministry on the list below and you have first-hand compelling knowledge of a biblical reason that counselor or ministry should not be included on the list, please comment below (I will keep your comment hidden).
Find a Biblical Counselor
I cannot personally vouch for any of the individuals or organizations listed below, nor for anyone who may have recommended them. Please use this list only as a suggestion of biblical counselors and biblical counseling organizations to check out using biblical wisdom and discernment. You will need to vet the counselor’s training and certification yourself.
If you are unable to locate a biblical counselor near you with the resources below:
•Some biblical counselors on this list are willing to counsel via video conferencing (Skype, etc.). You will need to inquire of counselors/organizations whether or not they offer this service.
•If there is a doctrinally sound seminary in your region, you may wish to contact them and find out if they have a biblical counseling department that can point you to a counselor.
Biblical Counselor Search Engines and Organizations
Online ONLY Counseling
Biblical Counselors/Counseling Ministries by Location
Southern California- Truth in Love Biblical Counseling
Centennial- Reigning Peace Ministries
Tampa- HeartSong Counseling
Louisville- HeartSong Counseling
Slidell- Northshore Biblical Counseling and Training Center
Maplewood- First Evangelical Free Church
Portland- Truth in Love Biblical Counseling
Delta- Gospel Care Collective
Biblical Counseling Training Programs
Are you interested in training to become a biblical counselor? Check out these certification and degree programs, many of which are offered online. (A few programs may consider biblical counseling to be pastoral counseling and may not admit women. Be sure to ask.)
Faith Biblical Counseling (Indiana)
Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC) (International training)
Reigning Grace Counseling Center (Missouri)
Soul Care Consulting (Indiana)
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kentucky)
The Master’s University (California)