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One of the first and most destructive casualties of life’s hurts is often broken trust. Without healthy trust, we have a difficult time seeing and receiving the very help and counsel that will cause the truth—truth that can set us free—to emerge.
WHY SHOULD I SEE A COUNSELOR?
There are varied opinions and perceptions regarding counseling. Some may feel it is a sign of weakness or that they don’t actually help. Others may think you are simply paying someone to be your friend for an hour. Perhaps you have had a disappointing experience with counseling in the past and you are hesitant to try it again.
In the medical profession, doctors don’t heal, but they do find the source of the bleeding or physical pain then apply solutions (such as stitches or a cast, etc.) so the body can be well again. The healing comes from the body. The doctor facilitates an environment in which the body can heal itself, and provides support as long as needed.
The same principle applies in counseling. We uncover the pain of the past or present, looking for the emotional “bleeding” or wounding so that we can carefully facilitate an environment where you can heal emotionally and mentally. In addition, counseling equips you with tools to change your mindset in order to cope with future stresses and pain much easier, thereby reducing the instances of traumatic wounding.
It is not weakness that seeks out assistance in order to create wellness for you and in your relationships – that is courage, strength, and tenacity! If you have had a disappointing experience with another counselor in the past, I am sensitive to the trust that will need to be rebuilt to restore your confidence in receiving the help you need.
One of my repeated joys in coming alongside men and women is watching trust reignite and be transformed back into the easy, life-giving force that it can be.
WHAT AREAS AND SITUATIONS DO YOU WORK WITH?
Although this is not an exhaustive list, here are some of specific training, experiences, and interests I work in:
Discovering new ways to resolve problems in marriage and family
Support in understanding and addressing emotionally destructive relationships
Understanding the process of grief and loss
Healing through infidelity
Post abortion, men and women
Coping with chronic disease
Stages of life
Shame and guilt
Ministry to people in ministry and missionaries
Depression and mood disorders
Fear and anxiety,
Discovering your true identity
It would be my pleasure to talk with you about working together. Please feel free to call me at xxx-xxxx or contact me here (add link) if you would like to discuss your needs prior to making an appointment.