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Biblical Counseling

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Valleydale Church is pleased to offer Biblical counseling services and training. Our Director of Biblical Counseling, Lou Priolo, ministers to members and guests through individual counseling and leads several classes of counseling training. Lou is a graduate of Calvary Bible College and Liberty University, a Fellow in the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and is an instructor with the Birmingham Theological Seminary.

Philosophy of Biblical Counseling

Biblical counseling is based upon the presupposition that the Bible is sufficient to help man address his (non organic) problems in living. The Holy Scriptures (as found in the Old and New Testaments) offer help and hope to those who are interested in learning how to solve personal and relationship problems God’s way.

By applying Biblical truths to life’s problems, followers of Jesus Christ can learn to live their lives in ways that are pleasing to God. By interpreting personal problems through the lens of Scripture, Biblical counselors, as ambassadors of Christ, seek to “ensure that Christians are not taken captive through false teaching, philosophy and empty deception according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Biblical counselors seek to lovingly share one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:1-10), and to proclaim Christ, “admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.” (Colossians 1:28).

How Biblical Counseling Works

Through the enabling of the Holy Spirit, we as biblical counselors want to guide you toward reconciliation with God, your spouse, your family and others.

We will help you discuss and learn how to change your behavior to that which is acceptable and lovely to God (II Corinthians 5:20). Since each of us is responsible for knowing God’s revealed purpose for our lives, each of us must take responsibility for our attitudes and behavior in relationships. As we “renew our minds” our behavior is transformed. We rethink old attitudes, beliefs and feelings which are contrary to God’s will, and through conviction, repentance and forgiveness of those we have harmed and who have harmed us, we develop new thoughts, feelings and behavior which are godly (Romans 12:2 and Galatians 5:13-23). As this happens, through the counselor’s biblical admonition, teaching, and encouragement, people are helped to deal with their daily living problems (I Thessalonians 5:14-22). For more information on our counseling services, please call (205) 271-7678.

Training Courses in Biblical Counseling

The Center for Biblical Counseling in association with Birmingham Theological Seminary offers four courses (for a total of 98 hours) in biblical counseling which meet the educational requirements for certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). For more information about our training program, please call (205) 271-7678.

About Lou Priolo

Lou Priolo is a graduate of Calvary Bible College and Liberty University. He is the author of several books including The Heart of Anger, The Complete Husband, Teach Them Diligently, Getting a Grip, Picking Up the Pieces and Pleasing People. In addition to his books, Lou has dozens of recordings extrapolated from his twenty-seven years of lectures, teaching and preaching. He is the editor of the Resources for Biblical Living series of booklets dealing with numerous counseling issues. Lou is a Fellow in the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and an instructor with the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He travels frequently throughout the United States and abroad training pastors, laymen, and fellow counselors. Lou and his wife, Kim, are the parents of two girls, Sophia and Gabriella.