I am a counselor with Seattle Christian Counseling working out of our Bellevue and Kent offices. I believe that God has wonderful plans for all of us, leading to deep intimacy with Him and fullness of life. However, mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma), insecurities, and past experiences can make it difficult to enjoy life and even believe that God is good. We can feel bogged down by worries or oppressed by past experiences and pain. Maybe, you’ve tried to overcome particular struggles, even prayed through them, but are tired and finding that you’re not where you’d like to be. As a Christian counselor, I want you to know that the Lord has more for you. He is good and gracious and through the power of the Holy Spirit, He can use counseling to increase your healing and wholeness. Wherever you may find yourself in life, wherever you have been, God wants you to experience joy and freedom. I would consider it an honor to join you on your journey of growth. I am expectant and excited for what God is going to do in your life!
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
I truly believe that the Holy Spirit is the ultimate facilitator of healing, and in my role as a counselor I strive to let the Holy Spirit lead the process of healing. With the Spirit’s help, we’ll explore together who you are as an individual and in your relationships. We will work together to identify and tackle obstacles for your growth. Through our time together, my hope is that you will have a greater understanding of your worth; that you would experience greater healing, freedom, and intimacy with God and others; and that you would feel empowered to enter into the plans God has for you.
What I Can Offer You as a Christian Counselor
I know it isn’t easy to seek therapy: your decision to ask for help takes great courage and humility. I strive to offer a safe and welcoming environment in which you will feel understood and valued as a beloved child of God. I provide a listening ear and try to facilitate a therapeutic relationship for us that is built on open communication, trust, and hope in the Lord’s grace and love. I offer an integrated view of human nature, which fuses together scientific knowledge and Biblical truth. I believe that we are all broken and in need of God’s healing and by God’s grace we can experience more wholeness in this lifetime. I will use my psychological knowledge and clinical experience to facilitate and support your growth and healing.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
As an integrative counselor, my understanding of people and my approach to counseling combines principals from various counseling perspectives. I believe that people are shaped by relationships, whether past or present, and that powerful change is facilitated within the context of relationship. I also believe that who we are is influenced by biological, psychological (i.e., thoughts feelings, behaviors), social (i.e., culture, environment), and spiritual (i.e., God’s work in our lives) factors. During sessions, we may explore how significant relationships and experiences have impacted who you are today and utilize techniques from relevant counseling approaches (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy) to help facilitate change. As your counselor, I will walk alongside you, asking the Holy Spirit to guide me as I support and challenge you on this process of growth. My hope is that you will leave the counseling experience feeling empowered, filled with a deep awareness of your God-given worth, and equipped to engage with the world in a healthy way so that you can confidently pursue the plans that God has for your life. However, I understand that everyone has their own beliefs and values, so I will invite you to determine how and whether or not your faith will be incorporated into our sessions together.