When Your Relationship with God is Your First Priority
You're not just looking for a counselor, you're looking for someone who shares your beliefs.
Whether you want to incorporate your spirituality into counseling, or just feel more comfortable knowing that you share a foundation of belief with your counselor, you're in the right place.
What Makes Christian Counseling Different?
First, let's be clear on what Christian counseling is NOT:
- It's not looking through the Bible for answers to every problem
- It's not spending an hour in prayer, asking God to end all your pain
- It's not examining your life, finding the "hidden sins" that God is punishing you for.
Christianity is not a list of Dos or Don'ts. It's a genuine relationship with God.
That being said, you can expect Christian counseling with me to look a lot like "regular" counseling. We will talk about your relationships, your feelings, your goals, and will approach those from the mindset that God loves you and wants the best for you and the rest of humanity.
He also has a grand master plan that we largely don't understand, and sometimes this means we feel lost and hurt and confused. We can talk about that.
I am not here to judge you or tell you what to do.
I work very hard to not pressure you to live your life in the way that I live mine. We are different people and inevitably make different choices, whether big or small.
My job is to listen to you with compassion, and to help you figure out what is getting in the way of your relationship with God - which is probably a lot less like a list of "dos and don'ts", and more like a real relationship.
How Counseling Works:
1. Request an appointment. We will chat on the phone for about 15 minutes so I can answer any questions you have about counseling, and I will ask you about what you are looking for in counseling. From there, if we decide to move forward, we will schedule our first full appointment together.
2. Weekly sessions. During sessions, we will talk about the problems you are experiencing, what keeps you stuck in those patterns, and find new ways to think about things or how to approach them differently. You will be able to share about what's bothering you in a safe, comfortable environment.
3. Start noticing how your life is changing. As you make changes to how you think and interact with others, you will make progress and start to feel better. The more you put into practice between sessions, the faster you will get to your goals.