I believe every client is worthy of respect and dignity and is able to grow and change. As a Christian counselor, I will point you to the lasting hope found in Christ that is available to you, in spite of what you have experienced. I offer an empathetic ear to listen to your story and understand your concerns and desires for the future. In our sessions I will provide the knowledge and tools needed to help you get unstuck and make fundamental changes in your life that can last a lifetime.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My first goal as your counselor is to delight in getting to know you and understanding the unique creation that you embody. I believe each person brings with them beautiful gifts and potential as well as personal baggage and struggles. My second goal is to help you gain insight into possible reasons for your troubling patterns, feelings, and relational struggles. Finally, I hope to give you spiritual, psychological, relational, and neurological tools to get unstuck and live a life that is filled with more freedom, peace, joy, and love.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
In the early stages of counseling, I will seek to understand your story and help you develop goals for your therapy. As sessions continue, I desire to come alongside you as a supportive advocate and knowledgeable professional who can offer objective insight and tools that can change the trajectory of your life. I often enter a session with some ideas of possible direction or new concepts to introduce, then adjust to the emotional state or issues that might be most pressing to you on that particular day. As therapy continues and progress is made, I play more of a role of a coach, giving encouragement and support while you move toward greater mental health and freedom.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
Jesus said that He came that we might “have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). I believe the most satisfying and fruitful life is one living in fellowship with Christ and practicing His ways. The Word of God gives us a road map to navigate through the wilderness. The gospel also offers the grace and liberating value of God’s love to set us free from shame, self-absorption, and self-hatred. In addition to the effective tools and concepts from evidenced based therapy, a Christian worldview offers an array of helpful perspectives and values that produce social and emotional health when properly applied. Scripture meditation, journaling, and prayer can be powerful practices for clients to discover their unhealthy thoughts and coping patterns that may be keeping them trapped in the same old ruts.