I want to see you learn to treat yourself with fierce kindness and compassion and to experience the kindness and compassion of Christ. I want you to believe that you are loveable and loved by God, and can experience courage in your vulnerability instead of shame. I hope to see you gain access to the total spectrum of human emotion available to you in order to live fully, with both joy and sorrow. I hope my work with you invites you to deeper relationships with your family, friends, partners, and larger community.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
One of my goals as your counselor is to be fully human with you. I believe that’s the most therapeutic thing anyone can offer anyone else: their humanity. It’s courageous and vulnerable to give ourselves fully to others, but this is what I believe is some of the most important work we can possibly do in our lives. As a trusted mentor of mine states, “Therapy brings us right up to the core of who we are–it asks us to really look at ourselves, question ourselves, and ultimately embrace our many flaws and what makes us beautifully human.”
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
I am very client-centered as I believe even unconsciously, you know where you want to go in terms of bringing things to the surface. I will encourage you to trust your gut and listen to your body, knowing that our bodies hold memories and trauma from our entire lives. I believe good therapy takes time and I don’t think healing can be rushed, so it’s important to me to build the relationship between us. I invite you to disagree with me or let me know when I have misunderstood or provided unhelpful feedback, as my ego does not hang on being “right.” I am committed to the continual growth and understanding of you as you pursue your healing journey.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
In the midst of the fractured, complicated, and confusing world we live in, I believe that Jesus is still the Light and “in Him, there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). I’ve told many people that there is no way I could willingly engage in trauma work if I had no hope in the resurrection. Isaiah 61 is my “north star” in terms of how I view my vocation in counseling (“bind up the brokenhearted . . . to comfort all who mourn . . . to bestow on them a crown and beauty instead of ashes”). Drawing from the multi-faceted lens of neurobiology, trauma-informed care, connection to the Holy Spirit, and study of psychology, I see healing as multi-layered, non-linear, and communal yet also genuinely accessible for those who truly desire it.