Using the lens of healing through Christ’s power and love combined with current psychological and neuroscience-based theories, frameworks, and practices, I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental space in Christ. I offer empathetic active listening as a compassionate presence and witness to see you, hear you, and meet you where you are in your human condition, as Christ also meets us where we are by coming to us in human form and being with us daily as our living and loving God. My hope is for Christ to heal in you whatever is coming up at the present, through making conscious of the present reality, whether joy or suffering or sublime understanding, as God is already conscious of you and your heart. “Oh Lord, you have examined my heart, and know everything about me” (Psalm 139:1).
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My goal is for you to experience beauty in God’s peace beyond understanding, healing, recovery, and ultimately a celebration of all that is in store for you as a gift from our Lord in your unique personal journey now and beyond. My hope is that through our sessions together, you will discover a renewed quality of life, and find meaning and purpose in the face of any current adversity. This quality of life is couched in God’s loving grace and eternal hope, and increased by leaning on the Lord, in His will, not our own. I also aim to frame this goal with consideration of current knowledge from the latest neuroscience, and within general psychological frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems Theory.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
My approach is biblical values-based, client-centered, strength-based, solution-focused, and includes explorations of mindfulness techniques, promoting quality of life, finding meaning and purpose in the face of adversity, creating healthy boundaries, and the use and practice of coping skills based on clients’ unique strengths and personal and cultural background. My approach is also strongly influenced by modalities and theories such as Internal Family Systems, neuroscience (particularly having participated in three years of neuropsychological research on stress/learning and memory), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, psychodynamic, and Attachment Theory.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
My Christian values form the basis of all that I do. God’s love and salvation are at the center of my work. When able to work with Christian clients, I find that I provide the role of sister to my Christian sisters and brothers, learning, praying, and seeking God’s words and wisdom together as children of God. The true counselor is our Lord.
In my work in hospice and psychiatric facilities, common themes with clients have been anxiety, depression, family/intimate relationships, family of origin, existential questions/facing mortality, compassion fatigue, caregiver burnout, and trauma. In the center of my therapeutic approach is a strong therapeutic relationship with clients based on compassion and empathetic understanding/listening/seeking to know and a view that is based on seeing clients in a person-in-environment, and focus on helping the client explore and discern for the Holy Spirit’s promptings within themselves.