Why did you decide to pursue a degree/licensing in Christian Counseling?
During the tenure of my nursing career as a psychiatric nurse, I had a passion to help my patients who were hopeless and depressed. I had helped many of them through scriptures and prayers . I felt a strong calling to help the hurting families through counseling. Due to the restriction of what I can and cannot do within that platform, I decided to pursue christian counseling.
Why did you select Above & Beyond Counseling Academy as your school?
God gave me an opportunity to be a prayer minister in a deliverance ministry that was conducted by Dr. Don Ibbitson and Dr. Phyllis Tarbox of Above & and Beyond Christian Counseling since 2010. This led me to join the Academy to pursue my Masters in counseling.
What was your overall experience with the training?
I am very thankful of my clinical supervisor Dr. Donald Ibbitson for all his continued encouragement, guidance, and support. Although it took longer than I anticipated, due to the physical challenges I had to face soon after I started the course, Dr. Donald Ibbitson was so patient and was always there to help me. I enjoyed the classes and the learning material. The course was very practical and easy to understand.
Which teachings or aspects of the program did you enjoy the most?
I really enjoyed learning about temperament therapy and the use of Arno Profile System. It has helped me to understand myself and to know my family in a better way, thus improving our relationship. It is the most indispensable tool that helps me to understand my clients who seek help.
What have you done (or plan to do) with your degree/licensing?
God has truly blessed me to become a part of the Above & Beyond Christian Counseling team. Currently I am practicing at our new office in Temple Terrace.
Any suggestions you would make to potential students who are considering this training?
This program is bible based and the classes were very helpful and informative. They helped me to gain a great understanding of clinical interpretation of Temperaments in people and their unique temperament needs. I am extremely grateful to my clinical supervisor Dr. Donald Ibbitson for his guidance and support.
If you are looking for professional training in clinical christian counseling, I would recommend you to consider the N.C.C.A. Christian Counseling Program at Above & Beyond Christian Counseling Academy.
[FULL DISCLOSURE: This testimonial was written by Shirley George, MA who is currently on staff with Above & Beyond Christian Counseling.]