My name is Rev. Dr. Earl V. Butcher. I am a Professional Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor with training in individual, group, marriage, substance abuse, and addiction counseling. I am also a Licensed Temperament Therapist. And a Certified Anger Management Specialist II by the National Anger Management Association. I want to share some information about myself and what I do in counseling so you can make a fully informed decision about using my services. I am also Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Agape Seminary & College, Louisville, KY, and Founder, Director of Trinity Christian Counseling Academy here in West Virginia.
First and foremost, I am a Christian Counselor. As a Christian Counselor, I believe that hiding our beliefs and trying to do "value-free" counseling is both unwise and impossible to do, so I want you to know what my important values and beliefs are, with the greatest being:
Bachelors Degree The University of the State of New York
Masters Degree Clayton College
Licentiate in Sacred Theology Agape of Jesus Seminary
Doctorate in Clinical Christian Counseling International Institue of Christian Counseling
Doctorate in Health Sciences Northfield University
Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner American Alternative Medical Association
Certified Anger Management II Specialist National Anger Management Association
Certified Temperament Counselor National Christian Counselors Association
Professor of Christian Counseling Agape Seminary Louisville, KY
Ministerial Ordination: I am an Ordained Minister in The United Christian Church & Ministerial Association located in Cleveland, TN. I have been ordained since 2-28-1985. My credentials are : OMS 10389 .
Like most counselors, I recognize that personal problems can come about because of physiological, social-environmental influences, and psychological pressures.
I also believe that many problems can be spiritual in nature, resulting from either not understanding Biblical truth or from sinful behavior. I also believe that individuals are created in God's image and can only feel complete and fulfilled through a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Thus, Christian Counseling, as opposed to other kinds of counseling, is very concerned with the spiritual as well as the emotional and physical needs of clients. The main goal of Christian Counseling, like the goal of Christian living, is to enable clients to move toward greater emotional and spiritual health by becoming more like Jesus Christ.
As a Christian Counselor, I am not limited to psychological techniques or to my own human effort and wisdom. I believe that God is the real authority in counseling and He gives us the resources to change. I believe that counseling without the JESUS FACTOR is about as effective as applying a band-aid over a huge bacteria-infested wound. I believe that counseling should involve praying about the Client's difficulties and looking to the authority of the Bible for guidance. In this way, I seek to encourage clients to build dependency on God. The client can find forgiveness for the past, strength, and comfort for the present, and hope for the future by trusting the Lord daily to meet needs and heal emotional wounds. I I try to reflect the character of Jesus Christ and to love my clients as HE does. While I do not try to force religion on my clients, I do urge them to develop a RELATIONSHIP with the only true Healer of body, soul, and spirit, Jesus Christ.
In-Service to Christ,
Rev. Dr. E.V. Butcher, Ph.D., Ph.D.