I’m an unapologetic optimist with a knack for spotting the inherent strengths in others. No matter what concerns or issues you may be dealing with, it would be my privilege to walk alongside you in your growth and healing journey. I hope to introduce you to a range of helpful and healing resources and equip you to utilize these resources independently as a way to enrich and enhance your life moving forward.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My goals as a counselor are: 1) to develop strong, trusting, and collaborative therapeutic relationships with my clients as a foundation upon which we can work together; and 2) to balance nurturing clients’ individual strengths with symptom management. In other words, I am equally interested in what’s going right with my clients (e.g., strengths, talents, interests, relationships, accomplishments) as I am in those areas clients often identify as personal goals for therapy (e.g., distressing symptomology, fractured relationships).
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
I encourage a collaborative approach to counseling, in which there is an agreed-upon structure to each session with a built-in “flexibility button” that allows the session to take unexpected detours depending on the unique needs of the client. In addition, I balance nurturing strengths with symptom management, so clients can expect the therapeutic “work,” both inside and outside the office, to involve developing personal strengths while simultaneously utilizing strategies to alleviate distressing symptoms. Often times, clients find the process of intentionally nurturing their strengths to be a natural therapeutic counter to distressing symptoms – and it’s a beautiful thing!
My Approach to Christian Counseling
The benefit of a distinctly Christian approach is that God, rather than the counselor, acts as the primary catalyst and sustainer of long-term healing and positive growth. I believe that love is not a feeling, but an action. More specifically, love is the act of intentionally caring for the needs of others (physical, spiritual, emotional, or otherwise) as if you were caring for your own needs. Jesus modeled this kind of love in how and with whom He spent His time. My primary motivation when I walk through that door is not to change you, “fix” you, or impose my own personal value system. Rather, my motivation is to express this model of love in action in the most practical way I can: by taking the time to listen to you and understand your story before offering my guidance (along with a few helpful resources) on your way to a life that fully reflects and honors your own personal strengths, values, and aspirations.