Scott Wiley, MS, LPC
People pursue counseling for all kinds of reasons – relationship distress, solving a problem, changing a behavior, working on grief, changing self-concept, overcoming past hurts or fears, depression, etc. Seeking out a counselor does not imply weakness or deficiency. It signifies resourcefulness and a desire to improve one’s life.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of South Dakota and nationally certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. I am also an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church denomination and have over 30 years of pastoral experience. I have been trained from both secular and Christian perspectives and have counseling experience in both realms.
I am happy to provide my services regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation, faith or creed. However, it is helpful to know that at the root of my counseling is faith in a God who is at work in the world to bring about the restoration of all things. The Scriptures and ancient wisdom of Christian spirituality tell the story of a world that is broken and a God who brings redemption. This larger narrative informs and guides my counseling and empowers real change in the hearts and lives of people.
While I use a variety of therapies that have been developed in secular settings, all are filtered through a biblically Christian world view. Counseling is effective because the Creator made human beings to respond to the help of other human beings. However, real and lasting change is only completely accomplished by the work of Christ in the cooperating (and trusting) human heart.
Please know that whatever your personal spiritual beliefs are, you will be respected and the focus of counseling will be the issues that you bring to the table.