At Christian Family Institute, we work with people in a variety of contexts. We see many individual clients. We also work with couples, families, children, adolescents, partners, business associates, pastors and staff, and many combinations of relationship dynamics. For marital therapy, we prefer to see both partners together when possible. If a family has a concern, we like to see the family together. When you begin working with one of our counselors, bring whoever is willing to attend and who you believe is concerned about the issue, and your therapist will let you know who else might be invited to be a part of the solution.
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We will work with you and your spouse to improve communication, teach you conflict resolution and discover how to meet each others’ needs adequately. Even if a marriage doesn’t need to be “fixed”, it can be improved and become more fulfilling if the couple is willing to work towards positive change together.
Two year old children do occasionally need professional services. When parents have concerns for the welfare of their young children, professionals trained to deal with children can assist parents with an objective assessment. We also work with parents to help them with parenting plans and teach parents how to deal with the stressors that might be affecting the child. For young children, play therapy can sometimes be helpful and is available.
When Christian Family Institute chose it’s name, it was not intended to exclude those who are not Christians. The name was chosen to inform clients of a number of things. For those who are Christians, it serves to let them know that their faith will be respected, encouraged and harnessed as a resource in helping them solve their issues. For those who are not Christians, it serves as a way of being honest about what our worldview is. We believe that is difficult to be value-neutral in the therapy office. That does not mean it is appropriate to impose our values on our clients. In fact that would be unethical and even unchristian. However to deny our worldview would be deceptive.
If a non-Christian comes to CFI, they have a general idea of what we believe. Early in the process we will usually discuss the role faith plays in a client’s life. Part of that discussion will help the therapist and client determine if and how faith elements will be handled. Sometimes even Christians don’t want much faith talk in their therapy sessions for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they are in a spiritual crisis or they have grown tired of simplistic faith talk and have been turned off by it.
We have seen clients from all faith perspectives. That includes a wide variety of Christian faiths, other faiths, and those with atheistic and agnostic viewpoints. Part of our motivation to be helpers is rooted in our faith, however, that does not mean we will force our faith on our clients. We will respect our client’s desire about the role of faith in therapy.
Dr. Dale Doty recently recorded a brief podcast explaining the history and distinctiveness of Christian Family Institute. This audio recording is an introduction to what has made CFI a vibrant source of help and healing for couples, families, individuals, churches and communities in the Tulsa area for over 30 years. Please listen and forward on.