“Christian testimony is important in describing the continual process by which the Holy Spirit indwells, leads, guides, and molds us into mature Christians. With that said, I consider it a privilege to share my experiences in becoming a Clinical Christian Counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association Program (N.C.C.A.), facilitated by Dr. Don Ibbitson of Above & Beyond Counseling Academy.
In 1978, I started into my career as a professional registered nurse. During that time, I was surprised the Lord revealed to me that one day I would become a Christian Counselor. I tucked that vision away for over twenty years. Looking into several programs throughout those years, I reached many dead ends and nothing seemed to fit. Being very satisfied with my nursing career, I wasn’t sure the vision that God bestowed to me of becoming a Christian Counselor was ever going to come to fruition.
Then in 2000, I met Dr. Don Ibbitson, and he introduced me to the program through the NCCA. Since I already had my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, the only thing required of me was to finish my Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling. I was very excited to begin the program. I chose to study from the manuals, instead of the online classes. I was the mother of two young children at the time I started the program, so the program suited my lifestyle and priorities. It took me five years to complete the program.
There were many times I laid down the studies, and I think Dr. Don often wondered if I would ever finish my studies. Nevertheless, I was blessed to become the first graduating student under the direction of Above and Beyond Counseling Ministry. To this day, I carry one of my ordinations under Above & Beyond Counseling Ministries. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in becoming a Professional Christian Counselor.
The program is biblically based and provides excellent training and preparation for this life’s calling. With Dr. Don Ibbitson’s guidance and mentoring, I had a powerful experience of learning and personal growth. Since my graduation, I have had many opportunities to share all that I learned through this program It has enhanced my understanding of biblical truth, ministries of the Church, and my relationship with the Lord.”