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“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very (Psalm 139:14 NKJV).”

Temperament and the Arno Profile System (A.P.S.)

A God-Inspired, Established & Innovative Counseling Technique

Temperament Counseling or Therapy

This faith-based therapeutic method helps to identify root causes of problems in order to promote healing, develop wholeness and spur you on in becoming the person God created you to be. We have been using Temperament Counseling and Therapy in our counseling ministry since 2002 and it has proven to be extremely successful.

While the terms counseling and therapy are often used interchangeably, we make a distinction in via the scope of service:

  • Temperament Counseling is typically a short-term, more solution focused intervention whereby we focus on a specific problem(s) such as improving relationships, stress related issues or lifestyle changes. In most instances counselees/clients who seek out Temperament Counseling services are proactive with an awareness of their presenting concerns and want to only focus on the specific area (s) of their temperament that relates to that problem.
  • Therapy may consist of all the components of Temperament Counseling with some additional services that involve more extended duration, scope and pace of services. The therapeutic process helps the counselee/client to find the root causes of emotional and behavioral pattern. The counselor may also recommend other assessments such as the Biblical DiSC personality profile which is more behavioral oriented, etc.

It is important to recognize that temperament counseling and therapy services may overlap in some areas.

Therefore, it is suggested that you first work with the Clinical Pastoral Counselor to list the presenting issue(s) you want to resolve. Both, our temperament counselors and therapists are trained to evaluate your needs and provide you with the appropriate recommendations for Temperament Counseling/Therapy service.

Temperament Coaching is based upon the theory of temperament (understanding of the inner man. . . mind, will and emotions) and uses this knowledge to help us understand ourselves. It helps us to be the best that God has created us to be by meeting the needs of our temperament in a Godly manner.

The Arno Profile System is a Bible and spiritually based therapeutic method by which an individual’s soul (mind, will, emotions) is analyzed and measured scientifically, on a personal level, for understanding and development of godly change. It is a spiritual compass that navigates each person in the right direction, revealing personal weaknesses and strengths that can bring glory to God.

Developed Through Research

The Arno Profile System is based on the belief that man is a uniquely created being rather than the result of an evolutionary process. This method was developed during seven years of research involving five thousand (5,000) individuals who were seeking help for their problems. Temperament Therapy deals with the inner, spiritual self, and not necessarily with outward manifestations of someone’s learned behavior, which is largely shaped by environment. We also get beyond the personality which often masks someone’s true self. Research shows that over 90% of counselees who voluntarily seek counseling utilizing this method are helped. Successful results are achieved when a trained and qualified Christian counselor administers the tools and techniques of Creation Therapy, including the Arno Profile System (A.P.S.).

Identifying Your ‘Spiritual Genetics’ (Temperament)

This therapeutic method allows men, women, teens and youth to better understand themselves and their relationship to God, our Creator. Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) says, ” For you created my inmost being; knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”. Each individual is uniquely and wonderfully created and that is the basis of Creation Therapy.

Temperament Counseling/Therapy begins by first identifying your unique temperament (a/k/a ‘spiritual Genetics’). Each counselee [person(s) receiving counseling] is initially asked to complete the Arno Profile Report Response Form (APS), a 10 minute, 54 questions assessment. Upon completion of the form, the counselor orders a computerized Arno Profile Report (A.P.S. Report). This is a clinical report that identifies an individual’s temperament in Inclusion (Intellectual/Social), Control (Will/Decision Making) and Affection(Emotions/Feelings) with a listing of individual strengths, weaknesses and temperament needs. Temperament theory states that people will live in their temperament strengths when their temperament needs are met. Suggestions for meeting an individuals temperament needs can be gleaned from the report and counseling process.

There is an administrative fee for having your counselor administer, generate and interpret the assessment. The fee is included in the enrollment service. This comprehensive report is created specifically to present the information in an encouraging and non-threatening manner should the counselee/client wish to purchase a Special Personal Profile. It is necessary to have an A.P.S. score in order to determine the temperament. The score is obtained through the A.P.S. Temperament Response form.

Why Temperament Counseling/Therapy Works

Temperament Counseling/Therapyis a step by step therapeutic format based upon the Word of God. Temperament is often referred to as your ‘Spiritual Genetics ’. Although “temperament” is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, in Psalm 139 King David (knowing nothing about DNA) knew that before we were born, God designed us. . . .” For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well”. While your body was being differentiated within your mother’s womb, each “inward part” was designed exactly as God intended – including both your strengths and weaknesses. The Temperament Therapy model we use is based upon a “creationist view” and not an evolutionary view of human origin and development. In Genesis 1:27 the Word of God says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female created he them”. Temperament is similar to gender in the sense that there are certain environment influences that can alter the gender, but never really change it. Temperament is not genetic in the sense that it is not passed through the genes and chromosomes of men and women. Your Temperament contains your inborn qualities coded by a loving and wise Creator and these qualities make up your unique identity.

Man is a triapartite being: spiritual, mental/emotional and physical creation with basic needs. When seeking to meet these needs, he/she is driven in his/her attempts to the things of the world for satisfaction. Through Temperament Counseling/Therapy, the individual is taught how to have their needs met in godly ways that are conducive to the Word of God.

Temperament Counseling/Therapy is a means by which mankind is given the ability to understand his or her temperament by finding balance between body, soul and spirit thereby allowing them to be the best that God created them to be.

Some Benefits of Temperament Counseling/Therapy

  • Discover how to live in your temperament strengths when your temperament needs are met in ways that honor God.
  • Understand temperament weaknesses and what opportunities they provide for you.
  • Find wisdom for making changes based on your temperament.
  • Overcome challenges, solve problems, reduce stress and find balance.
  • Experience healing, deliverance, joy and victory.
  • Learn about the temperament of others (family members, staff, etc.).
  • Improve your appreciation of different temperaments.
  • Discover effective techniques for communicating with different temperaments.