More and more Christians are seeking healing and guidance through Christian Counseling. Unfortunately, there are many “Christian Counselors” out there in name only. A Christian Counselor needs to be able to truly relate to the pain his or her clients are experiencing and help them through the healing process utilizing biblical principles and in cooperation with the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Celebration Counseling strives to help each client to:
- Understand what is hindering spiritual growth
- Learn to communicate more effectively
- Change unbiblical thinking and behavior
- Help people reach their full potential in Christ
- Develop a fully functioning support system
- Achieve spiritual wholeness so that the client feels complete.
Celebration Counseling utilizes a biblically based approach to counseling. As part of this process, we help a person identify and examine certain aspects of his or her thinking that may be in conflict with biblical principles. Once a person begins to think differently, his or her behavior changes permanently; and they experience healing and wholeness in their lives. When healing and
wholeness are achieved, it is cause for celebration for the victory. I Corinthians 15:57, reminds us, “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Whether a person is married or not, sometimes they just need to deal with some personal issues that are hindering from growing spiritually and affecting their ability to live a godly life.
Counseling can be a blessing when a person begins identifying problem issues and gets them out on the table. Then they can be examined from God’s perspective and find a way out of the bondage of unforgiveness, overcome feelings of rejection, low self esteem, and self worth, and finally see themselves as God sees them–as a valuable and worthwhile child of God.
Many couples are struggling with lack of intimacy, not being able to communicate, the inability to resolve conflicts, and baggage from the past. Some couples believe there is little hope for their marriage. Counseling helps identify and address these issues to bring about healing and stability in the relationship. Most couples want to communicate in a meaningful way, but struggle with not knowing how to resolve conflicts. Discussions get so heated that the issues are not resolved and there is a sense of frustration that they can never resolve anything. Counseling can help couples learn to communicate more effectively and enable them to constructively resolve conflicts so they grow closer and their relationship deepens. But couples must be open to God’s solution.
As someone who struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for over fifteen years, I know first hand the torment that being in bondage to alcohol and drugs can cause an individual and the people who love them. I can also relate to the devastating effects a parent and sibling who are substance abusers have on the children in that family. I was a member of that kind of family. My parents divorce, the feelings of rejection and abandonment by my father and mother helped sow the seeds of addiction in my own life. I spent years trying to solve my problems and medicate the pain from my past through alcohol and drugs before I personally discovered I could not get clean and sober without help. With God’s help, I was delivered from my addiction and destructive lifestyle. Therefore, I have a heart for other people who are still struggling. Over the past thirteen years, I have discovered and used techniques and materials that have been successful in helping people be set free from addiction. So if you are struggling with addiction, or know someone who is, take the first step toward being set free and contact me.
The following are actual quotes from client letters:
“My wife and I want to express our appreciation for the tremendous help you’ve been these past few months. God used to give us counsel and teach us to look at things from a different perspective, which has helped us bring some order our household, as well as brought us closer in our relationship with each other.” ~ T. S.
“I will be forever grateful for your encouragement and godly wisdom as this has changed my life in a huge way.” ~ C.W.
“With God’s guidance and mercy, and Richard’s kind willingness to help and direct us, she [my daughter] seems to be making a genuine change in her thought processes and lifestyle. For the first time in many years, we feel very hopeful for her success in overcoming her addiction.”
“Richard possesses great talent in counseling with people one-on-one. He has given himself sacrificially to help my daughter back to spiritual and mental health and to real life again. I thank the Lord for him and his ministry.” ~ W. M.
“Dr. Douglas served our needs with both my wife’s and my immediate struggles and steered us to a path of working to solve our problems rather than continue to hurt one another. During our initial sessions, Dr. Douglas was very astute in providing advice and appropriate tools … that would give both my wife and I the ability to regain footing in our marriage.”
“He brought us closer to our God and opened up a new relationship with Him that had only been distant, at best.”
“…I found the faith I had never experienced and which sustains me today.” ~ K.R.
“Your advice and sharing helped me a great deal… You are truly a gifted communicator and I am better for having met you.” ~ D. C.
“The consultative approach at Celebration Christian Counseling is refreshingly different.”
“Here …exists the belief that certain behavioral patterns (such as misuse of alcohol) are a refection of an attempt to mitigate pain resulting from some psychological trauma. Until one understands the etiology of the pain and the underlying thought patterns surrounding the pain/trauma, no lasting change in behavior can be expected. Said another way, ‘You have to learn to think differently before you can expect to behave differently.’”
“Richard helped me understand why I was doing what I was doing, and helped me change the way I think about myself as well as others. Now I try to think of myself as God sees me.” ~ T.A.
“Primarily the Holy spirit has worked through Richard to show me that a “works” oriented approach (I have “strived” to be sober through the years) will always fail. I was at a point where my alcoholism was chronic and severe and to finally be free from the desire to drink after so many years is a miracle. I do thank Christ first and then Richard-for his kindness and
teaching as this change has occurred.” ~ S. M.
About Dr. Richard Douglas
- Certified Christian Counselor and Therapist by the Board of Examiners of the Georgia Christian Counselors Association
- Richard also served as an officer on the Board of GCCA
- Board Certified Christian Counselor through the International Board of Christian Counselors of the American Association of Christian Counselors
- Certied Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) through the Alcohol and Drug Certification Board (ADACBGA)
- Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors
- Endorsed as a Chaplain by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
- Received his M. A., M. Div., from Luther Rice Seminary and D. Min. from Logos Graduate School
- Professional counselor since 1997
The fee is $100 for a 50-minute session for one or two individuals.Payment by cash or check is due at the time of the session. Celebration Christian Counseling is considered out of network for insurance purposes.
Richard is available by appointment.