It's not an assumption.
I wouldn't hook my wagon up to a pastor for counseling.
Find somebody that's trained to do it.
An assumption is a statement without supporting data. You have not supplied any supporting data, therefore your statement is an unwarranted assumption BY DEFINITION.
Most evangelical seminaries teach counseling. For long term counseling, OF COURSE see a trained professional, bit never discount the wisdom given from Holy Spirit to a diligent man of God to find the answer quickly.You are correct that most seminaries teach "counseling." One course.
The good pastor knows when he is over his head, and will refer the person to a pre-screened Christian counselor. I have had that happen both ways.
unwarranted assumption. When have you last checked the catalog of any major seminary? there are whole departments dedicated to counseling.
Now, it is also true that one can get an MDiv or DMin in counseling, but those are not the "standard" tracks. But if you can get a graduate or doctoral degree from an accredited institution recognized and not negatively sanctioned by the Department of Education, cool. Denver Seminary would be one. The NCCC and it's affiliates are (in the vast majority of cases) not.
There are no standard tracks for advanced degrees, for they are different than undergraduate degrees. Ergo, another (sigh) unwarranted assumption. That the NCCC is not accredited by any state, regional or national accrediting agency, other than itself, nor is it recognized by any degree-granting institution as sufficient for the fulfillment of one of its degrees is a MAJOR indication of where your NCCC stands vis-a-vis academic degrees.
You do need to ask, and you should require a degree program that isn't limited to Bible reading.
I have no idea of what you are referring to here, but one of my teachers at Christian Counseling Center near Westminster Seminary was PhD from Stonybrook. He thoroughly embraced the Neuthetic Counseling as taught by Jay Adams and his associates.
But I still wouldn't hook my wagon to a pastor for most emotional issues requiring counseling.
And I would not trust anyone not trained in the sciences behind counseling. Yours is a "one note johnny" approach whereby everything
is filtered through an 'emotional assessment" of dubious clinical value.
You're always welcome to bend your pastor's ear though.
For you to equate Biblical counseling with "bending a pastor's ear" is indeed unwarranted hubris because you seem to be elevating yourself, and devaluing pastors simultaneously.
That reeks of sulfur.
In reality, you most likely do have some successes in counseling, and I am happy for that, and of course for your client. The reason being is that as one who strongly believes in the gifts being given to men and women in the church to edify the believers, Holy Spirit can use any of us, and sometimes use us despite any baggage we have, or bring to the counseling mellieu. That is because everything we have, including our education is through the grace and mercy of God. And we are poor stewards of those precious gifts if we do not use them to their fullest.