I approach therapy from a strengths-based, person-centered perspective with the belief that each of my clients has the inner strength to move through their toughest challenges. It’s just a matter of identifying those strengths, building on them, and helping you believe in yourself. I offer a nonjudgmental space where you can feel safe and comfortable sharing your story. As your counselor, I would be honored to partner with you to help you reach your goals through an individualized treatment plan and growth process. I look forward to seeing what the Lord does in your life through Christian counseling!
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My goals are always to help you believe in yourself and move toward becoming the best version of yourself. This often looks like questioning automatic negative thoughts, focusing on your strengths, identifying obstacles impeding interpersonal growth, and learning how to change behavior to manage those obstacles. If you can grow stronger in your faith in the process, the prognosis is even better.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
I will start by getting a baseline of where you are with your symptoms (anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.) and explore the negative messages and beliefs informing these emotions, as well as the root of these issues. I will work to help you see your own strengths and to start believing in yourself and your ability to wade through the difficulties you face with renewed strength, determination, and motivation. I will also help you with tangible tools to use in the moment to cope with your more extreme emotions, as well as to understand your emotions more clearly.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
In my practice, I love any opportunity to be able to use God as the foundation for healing and hope. The closer clients can move toward the Lord, the closer they can move toward peace. My faith has always informed my practice, even in public mental health. Sometimes that just meant praying for my clients, other times (if they initiated it) it meant talking about their faith in God and how it has lessened over time, comparing their mental health now to when it was at its strongest. From there, we would explore what happened to decrease their faith and what it would take to press in, if they so desired. I always strive to help clients understand the way God sees them and contrast that with the way they see themselves. Forgiveness (self and others) is key, and exploring that from a Christ-centered lens is always the most productive and tangible way to understand the concept.