My faith in Christ has guided me throughout all of my life, including my training and practice, which I will review in the upcoming paragraphs. With that said, I will not tell you that my walk with Jesus has always been easy or clear. It has sometimes been very much like the Apostle Paul stated: “…seeing through a glass darkly.” Do not misunderstand me though, that has never been God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit’s fault. Instead, it has always been due to me and my lack of clarity and sometimes, unfortunately, my failure to hear and see what the Master has been attempting to say to me. Another aspect has been God working with me, a human being, in an effort to better prefect me in love for his call here on earth. I share these thoughts with you in order to give you a better feel and understanding of who I am and where I am coming from as a Christian, person, and professional. My goal in life is more and more to have a view like the Apostle John, that is, the disciple whom Jesus loved as he framed it. In other words, I want to be able to see both myself and others increasingly more and more as beloved of God. I believe that the Christian faith is one of growth and being transformed as the Apostle Paul says in the Bible. While God has worked in me to help me make great strides, I do not believe that I have yet arrived at where He wants me to be in my Christian faith and walk.
From the standpoint of education and training, I am a licensed psychologist in Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida. I have 38 years of experience in working with individuals and families. During my career, I have been the director of hospital units and operated private practices in three states. I have experience in working with individuals from basically all walks of life. I have assisted individuals who have struggled with depression, anxiety, grief and loss issues, trauma, career issues, OCD, ADHD, emotional abuse, and a variety of other trying and difficult life challenges. I have found that life is sometimes very tough and challenging no matter who we are or where we are on life’s journey. I personally believe that the aforementioned statement applies to everyone no matter where they are on their walk of faith.
Additionally, I have a bachelor’s degree in Bible from a Christian college/university as well as one year of seminary. I am an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember.
The core of my therapy style consists of two combined words: “grace/acceptance.” I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with the utmost kindness, acceptance, and care by someone who is safe. My life goal, not only as a psychologist but also as a human being, is to treat every person with grace and kindness. A huge aspect of my style is patience and listening. Prayer is always a basic starting point for me when employing any type of intervention or for that matter interacting with anyone. From a clinical and Christian standpoint, I would probably best be described as interpersonal and compassionate in approach. I also use cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and rational-emotive strategies and thoughts to assist in the therapeutic process. Additionally, I incorporate a host of other thoughts and strategies that I have gleaned from both Christian and secular writers over the years. My goal is always to treat everyone as a person with differing needs, thoughts, feelings, goals, and struggles. I do not believe that one technique, strategy, or approach fits all. I am constantly learning and trying to improve so that I can better myself and others. My approach is as a professional and human who has experienced a host of challenges and struggles himself. My thrust is to help each person realize that there is hope, even if they currently feel hopeless and at wits end. Again, I personally do not believe that the Christian walk is always easy or, for that matter, quick and clear at all points. I do believe and am convinced, though, that it is the path to the truth and peace both here on earth and for our eternity in heaven to come. I am also persuaded that behind the scenes the Holy Spirit works in the lives of all Christians, and always for their ultimate good.
Again, all of these techniques are woven into a package that I like to term as a grace (favoring whether one believes that they deserve it or not) or acceptance-oriented approach.
For many individuals, it is difficult to step out and seek help; and I understand that, because I am human and have practiced in the field of psychology for more than three decades. I think that the question that often comes to our minds as we take such a risk has to do with safety, that is, will the person I talk to be safe and not judge, criticize, or think poorly of me. My goal initially is to answer that question and continue to answer it via my behaviors and comments with, “No, I will strive to make this a safe and beneficial experience for you. I will treat you with acceptance and grace in the same way that I want to be treated.” As a Christian, I strive not to judge anyone, including myself. I use a simple rule: if I don’t know all of the facts about a person or situation, I need to avoid judging.
Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you. If not, please continue to search for someone that you believe can be of help to you. If you are struggling, please don’t go it alone!
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These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. John Terrell. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Faithful Counseling might be different.
Dr. Terrell is very kind and helpful, and seems to always have the right questions or thoughts to get me thinking.