I am passionate about helping people be freed to live by God’s sustaining and enabling grace. I was raised in the church and then had a deepening faith experience in college. I led many Bible studies, small groups, and adult Christian formation classes in various churches. I served with InterVarsity as volunteer staff at Tufts University and took several classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School before deciding to get a Masters in Counseling. The first 5 years of my counseling career were spent working with two Christian counseling group practices, mentored by older therapists who were both committed believers and experienced clinicians. Because I have worshipped in a wide array of denominational and non-denominational churches, I have a sense for a variety of church subcultures and the spectrum of theology within mainstream Christianity. I also worked in the only two residential programs in the country that served those recovering from involvement in abusive churches and cultic groups. Thus, I am able to respect and celebrate the diversity of worship styles within the church at large while also challenging unhelpful beliefs from a Biblical perspective.
Of course, those of other faiths are welcome, too; I am respectful of all life-affirming spiritual traditions, as well as those with no spiritual practice at all. My clients determine to what extent spirituality is a part of the therapy. But for those with Christian faith or experience in the church, my background can help with:
- Including Christian images and concepts into healing techniques such as EMDR.
- Discussing how to apply Christian principles and values in marriage, dating, work, money, and life decisions.
- Wrestling with anger at God for painful events that have happened.
- Exploring obstacles to transformation by grace.
- Making sense of disillusionment with the church and its members.
- Healing from hurt induced by parents eager to pass on their faith and scandals and abuses in Christian leadership.
- Clarifying identity issues for those raised in the faith but who no longer believe.
- Integrating shifts in worldview as theology matures.
- Finding balance between serving others and taking care of oneself.
- Understanding mental illness from a Biblical perspective.
- Deciding how to interact with children who decide they are not heterosexual.
- Addressing doubts and difficulty with forgiveness.
- Solving the problem of shame with the gospel.
I have also provided trainings or consultations at a large variety of churches. See my page on workshops for more details and feel free to call to discuss how I could provide various faith-related offerings to your church or ministry.
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