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Professional Counseling

Professional Counseling

(Pastors' 7 Steps for Helping Individuals)

Professional therapy can be a helpful tool for those struggling with addiction. Listed below are suggested resources for connecting with professional counselors in different settings - individual therapy, teleconference, and residential programs.


American Association of Christian Counselors

Search for one of 50,000 counselors who are members of the "Christian Care Network."

 Black African-American Christian Counselors

Doesn't have a search engine, but does have board contact information.

Search for African-American counselors in 9 states.

 CrossSearch's List of Counselors

A list of other Christian counseling sites by area of focus.


Large listing of therapists located nationwide, and some internationally.

 Focus on the Family Counseling Services

Email them to get a referral list of counselors in your area.

 New Life Ministries

A network of 650 Christian counselors nationwide.


Search for therapists in 6 states by location or area of focus.

 Jayson Graves, M.MFT, Sexual Addiction Specialist

Providing individual, couples, and/or group therapy over the telephone or in person, serving a local, national, and international clientele.

Counselor List in Boston Area

If sex addiction is a main issue, make sure the therapist specializes in sex addiction and believes healing is possible. Here are some practical suggestions for choosing a counselor .


Telephone-based recovery groups:

Healing for the Soul
The private practice of Jayson Graves, a sexual addiction recovery therapist and recovering addict, Healing for the Soul has pioneered the use of telephonic recovery groups in which men from the world over find weekly support, accountability, freedom and vision via teleconference.


Online Recovery Groups:

Christians in Recovery

Christians in Recovery is a group of recovering Christians dedicated to mutual sharing of faith, strength and hope as we live each day in recovery. We work to regain and maintain balance and order in our lives through active discussion of the Bible and experiences in our own recovery from abuse, family dysfunction, depression, anxiety, grief, relationships and/or addictions of alcohol, drugs, food, pornography, sexual addiction, etc.


Residential Programs:

(may be necessary in severe cases)

Pure Life Ministries
Pure Life Ministries exists to serve Christian individuals and organizations dealing with sexual sin throughout the world by providing biblically-based counseling, teaching materials and a public speaking ministry with the goal of leading Christians to victory over sexual sin and a deeper life in God.


Steps for Pastors Helping Individuals

Step 1: Immediate Emergency Response

Step 2: Church-based Accountability Partner

Step 3: Media Sobriety Covenant

Step 4: Online Safety & Media Sobriety Manual

Step 5: Family Support

Step 6: Peer Support Group(s)

Step 7: Professional Counseling

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