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My Story: In 1990, I came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Over the years, my faith has been tested and has grown through the trials and the good times of life. God has always been there for me, seeing me through and giving me the peace that passes Read more... all understanding when things have been tough and providing a consistent contentment and joy in the good times. The Bible gives us wisdom to get through life in a healthy way. I am a Christian counselor licensed in the State of Illinois. I attended Lincoln Christian College and Seminary (now Lincoln Christian College) where I earned both my BA and an MA in Counseling. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 9 years experience with with all ages in various settings, including in person, online, office, hospital, home and schools. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. When you reach out for help, I will be supportive and non-judgmental. My style is warm and approachable. While I am a Christian counselor and lean heavily on God's truth, it is not my goal to force people into what I believe. While I enjoy working with a variety of people and situations, I have extensive experience with parenting and anger management, including classes for for those ordered by court or for those completing a service plan with DCFS. I also have considerable experience with marital counseling; and have written and taught a curriculum for dating (what to look for, what to avoid, etc.) I have helped clients with depression, anxiety and mood issues. I have training and nearly 10 years experience as a family law mediator.
My Story: I am Christian and operate by these values in everything that I do. However, this is not a requirement for those I work with. I have worked with both Christians and non-Christians regarding all kinds of life circumstances and issues. However, if you are Christian, and are searching for counseling, Read more... regardless of your denomination, when last you went to church, your journey of faith, or your current walk with God, we can talk about it and how it relates to what is most important to you.
My Story: I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) licensed in Oklahoma with 17 years of experience working with children, adults and families. I've worked with those struggling with severe mental illness as well as those individuals who are struggling with issues including depression, anxiety, grief & loss, divorce, Read more... LGBT issues, parenting problems and serious and/or life threatening illness. Christianity and faith is an intricate part of my own life and believe that it can play a significant role in our emotional health & well-being. My counseling style is client-focused ; I think it's very important to meet the client where they currently are in their journey and work from that point. I am very genuine in my day to day life and bring that trait to each session with the belief that in doing so, the client will feel more at ease with being honest as issues & challenges are being processed. I believe that everyone deserves respect and compassion as well as the opportunity to have added support when needed. My approach combines cognitive behavioral, client centered and rational-emotive counseling techniques. Your treatment plan and the direction of our sessions will be tailored to meet your individual needs. It's not easy asking for help - especially when life is presenting you with more than your share of challenges. If you are ready to take that first step, I am here to support you. I AM CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPTING INTERNATIONAL AND OKLAHOMA CLIENTS
My Story: Hello & Welcome to Faithful Counseling! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Distance Credentialed Counselor who graduated from the University of Indianapolis with degrees in Psychology and Social Work. I went on to complete my master's degree in Social Work from Indiana University. I am Read more... a Non-Denominational Christian who loves to incorporate my faith in Jesus Christ into the counseling experience. I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children. In addition to my work in a private practice environment, I am also actively involved in continuing education and higher education. As an adjunct faculty member and internship supervisor, I am able to train and assist Master of Social Work and Master of Counseling students at Indiana University, Butler University, and the University of Indianapolis. This allows me to remain well-versed in research surrounding counseling theory. I also have extensive social work research experience, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to publish and present this research in textbooks, journals, and at national conferences. My personal counseling style and approach is very conversational, empathic, non-judgmental, compassionate and individualized. I endeavor to establish a quick but strong rapport with you in order for trust and progress to be made. I utilize a variety of theoretical perspectives depending upon your needs and counseling expectations. I most often rely upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Based Therapy, and Mindfulness to assist my clients in making progress toward their goal(s). I incorporate devotionals, scripture, and prayer into our sessions to help you meet your counseling goals. With a good rapport and regular interaction, I strongly believe that you can make progress in the counseling process. I maintain "office hours" for my BetterHelp clients. I pride myself on responding to email messages within 24 hours to maintain consistency and availability to my clients. We all need help and support at different times in our lives, and it takes courage to begin this process. I would be honored to walk through this journey with you. I look forward to working with you soon! Talk soon, Wendy
My Story: I believe in God and Jesus Christ and believe that we are all children of God. I believe that God loves all his children and wants us to be happy. Through Jesus Christ, I believe that we can find healing and happiness. Providing counseling is a way that I can Read more... assist others to find joy and be able to access the fullness of God's love. I work with people of all Christian faiths, and specialize in anxiety, stress, relationship issues, depression, grief, loss, and living with chronic illness. I provide therapy that is based in CBT, and use methodology from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. I have found success in these methodologies as they provide understanding and context to our thoughts, enable us to understand our emotions, and help us to modify negative and destructive thoughts behaviors. My personal philosophy in incorporating faith into my practice is to understand your relationship with God and Christ, and use that relationship to heal, find strength, and feel the love of God. I believe that if you bring faith into your therapeutic journey and draw upon the healing power of Christ, counseling can be very meaningful and successful. My favorite piece of scripture is from Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
My Story: Saju Abraham is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a unique skill set refined toward counseling and helping others. His work experience ranges from adult and adolescent outpatient services, as well as working with hospital based counseling services. Saju has over 5 years of experience helping clients with depression, anxiety, Read more... relationship struggles and various other mental health and emotional challenges. Saju uses a person-centered approach emphasizing the importance of the therapist/client relationship, along with a cognitive behavioral approach to allow the client to explore the thought patterns related to the challenging emotions and behaviors. Saju’s counseling philosophy is based on an acknowledgment of the individual’s background and personal beliefs. His expertise allows clients to develop their own perspective of problem solving and empowers them to make the changes needed in order to accomplish their goals. Saju and his wife are blessed with a young daughter and expecting another child later this year!
My Story: Therapy is a relationship between people that works in part because of clearly defined rights and responsibilities held by each person. As a client in psychotherapy, you have certain rights and responsibilities that are important for you to understand. There are also legal limitations to those rights that you should Read more... be aware of. I, as your therapist, have corresponding responsibilities to you. These rights and responsibilities are described in the following sections. Psychotherapy has both benefits and risks. Risks may include experiencing uncomfortable feelings, such as sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness, because the process of psychotherapy often requires discussing the unpleasant aspects of your life. However, psychotherapy has been shown to have benefits for individuals who undertake it. Therapy often leads to a significant reduction in feelings of distress, increased satisfaction in interpersonal relationships, greater personal awareness and insight, increased skills for managing stress and resolutions to specific problems. But, there are no guarantees about what will happen. Psychotherapy requires a very active effort on your part. In order to be most successful, you will have to work on things we discuss outside of sessions. With the exception of certain specific exceptions described below, you have the absolute right to the confidentiality of your therapy. I cannot and will not tell anyone else what you have told me, or even that you are in therapy with me without your prior written permission. The following are legal exceptions to your right to confidentiality. I would inform you of any time when I think I will have to put these into effect. 1. If I have good reason to believe that you will harm another person, I must attempt to inform that person and warn them of your intentions. I must also contact the police and ask them to protect your intended victim. 2. If I have good reason to believe that you are abusing or neglecting a child or vulnerable adult, or if you give me information about someone else who is doing this, I must inform Child Protective Services within 48 hours and Adult Protective Services immediately. 3. If I believe that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself, I may legally break confidentiality and call the police or the county crisis team. I am not obligated to do this, and would explore all other options with you before I took this step. If at that point you were unwilling to take steps to guarantee your safety, I would call the crisis team. If you find that you are experiencing an emergency, it is important that you call 911 or any other emergency services located in your area or you may want to go to your local emergency room. Given that Betterhelp is an asynchronous platform, I may not always be available to respond immediately to a concern that you have, therefore having a plan to deal with emergencies is imperative. In fact, I usually tend to messages once per day, in the mornings, though there may be exceptions when I will respond twice a day. You have the right to ask questions about anything that happens in therapy. I’m always willing to discuss how and why I’ve decided to do what I’m doing, and to look at alternatives that might work better. You can feel free to ask me to try something that you think will be helpful. You can ask me about my training for working with your concerns, and can request to work with someone else if you decide I’m not the right therapist for you. You are free to leave therapy at any time, although I recommend finding a way to give me advance notice so that I can help you end treatment well and consolidate gains. For clients seeking Christian counseling, I would like you to know that I believe in a higher power that I call God and that faith and trust in God can help faciliate the journey of life.
My Story: I am a counselor licensed in Illinois with over 10 years of combined experience working as a caseworker and as a counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including grief, depression, anxiety,anger issues, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have also Read more... helped many people who have experienced bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. My education included a vast array of specialties, including multicultural counseling. I continue my education by completing additional trainings so that I can stay on top of the latest research and best practices. In this way, I can be a better support to you. I am happy to incorporate Christian based counseling into our sessions. As a Christian myself, I find utilizing a Christian based approach to be one of the most valuable and successful modes of therapy. Honestly, I am unsure how some are able to make it through the darkness without God. If you are interested in Christian based counseling, please let me know and we will incorporate this approach into our sessions! My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I don't believe in being judgemental. My approach combines client centered, strengths based, existential, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic approaches. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes great courage to seek assistance in order to have a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change! If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you and to embark upon that journey with you! One step at a time, we can work towards making the changes your teen needs to live a happier, more confident and more fulfilling life. I look forward to working with you soon. Debbie Hayes MAC, LCPC, LPC, QMHP SPECIALTIES Stress, Anxiety Relationship Family Grief I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Eating, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar Years of Experience: 10 SERVICES OFFERED -MESSAGING -LIVE CHAT -PHONE LICENSING LCPC 180.010923 (Expires: 2019-03-31) REVIEWS Written by P.A. on Aug 27, 2018 after counseling with Debbie for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and depression Debbie Hayes brings a great deal of professionalism and "heart" to her work. Both traits work in tandem, and I as the recipient of her counseling, benefit as a result. I am very grateful to her for her kind assistance and help. Written by D.E. on Jul 25, 2018 after counseling with Debbie for 2 weeks Debbie has been great, never pushy and always stressing that I need to be totally honest with her. She is always very encouraging! I have had counseling in my hometown and I always seemed to walk away discouraged. Debbie has help me see so many things differently and to realize I am not a bad person. Written by J.E. on Jul 11, 2018 after counseling with Debbie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and sleeping I can honestly I am happy that I took the step to reach out and get someone to talk to. Debbie Hayes has been amazing thus far. She definitely listens, and offers great advice. Written by K.S on May 12, 2016 after counseling with Debbie for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, family, and self esteem Very caring, very insightful. Debbie gives you a sense of optimism and hope where you might not have had it with other counselors. She has lead me to believe in ME and that I can complete this journey with success. Written by F.R on Mar 06, 2016 after counseling with Debbie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, anger, and depression I only talked to Debbie for a week or so, she is a very good counselor. She is always on top of everything. Debbie is very caring, there are not very many counselors like her. Written by D.O on Dec 08, 2015 after counseling with Debbie for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, parenting, self esteem, and depression Debbie is so genuine. She really was tuned in and really helped me gain my confidence again after I abruptly lost my dad due to cancer. She didn't just help me with grief, but has helped me overall as I am a working mother with real challenges. Written by P.A on Nov 24, 2015 after counseling with Debbie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and depression Debbie Hayes blends professionalism with a sincere and caring attitude. She is very responsive to emails, and provides replies in a timely manner. Further her replies are written in a way that suggests she takes time reading and understanding the messages she receives. In short, she puts in a lot of effort, which speaks volumes to me. I am grateful for her kind assistance. Written by C.A on Nov 17, 2015 after counseling with Debbie for 6 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, bipolar, and depression She's great at what she does! Written by C.H on Nov 13, 2015 after counseling with Debbie for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, grief, and depression I'm just getting to know Debbie, but I feel blessed to be connected with her as my counselor. She listens and responds with proactive advice and gives you a lot to think about as you try to work through various issues. She is extremely attentive and quickly responds so that you know someone is out there and in your corner. I look forward to continuing to improve myself with her help! Written by C.S on Nov 09, 2015 after counseling with Debbie for 3 weeks on issues concerning eating Debbie has been very encouraging and provided multiple resources very early in the counseling sessions. She is excellent at following up on any concerns and in checking on progress based on prior suggestions and assignments, and has been very understanding through all of our interaction. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking to recover from an eating disorder.
My Story: Hello. I am a licensed psychologist in Texas with over 20 years experience providing therapy to a wide range of populations. I am passionate and committed to those individuals who honor me with their trust in asking for help in their struggles. My approach to counseling is Read more... to focus on you as an individual. Each person I work with has strengths and coping skills he or she has utilized to get through life. Some are good and can be built on and strengthened. Others are ineffective or harmful and can be altered. I approach everyone with a sense of openness, honesty, caring, empathy, and understanding. In therapy, I am supportive, direct, and nonjudgmental. I try to provide practical guidance for the problems my clients are experiencing. My goal is for everyone I work with to have the best quality of life possible, to have the tools to cope with the problems life throws at all of us, and to gain insight into who they are as a unique, special individual. My career has provided me a range of experiences working with challenging populations. I began my career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where I worked with male and female inmates struggling with substance addictions, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, and suicidal ideation. Additionally, I served as team leader for a crisis response team that provided Psychological First Aid to staff and families following a traumatic incident (such as a natural disaster, assault, riot, or hostage situation). Additionally, my team would provide food and shelter, as needed, for staff and their families in the event of an emergency. In 2010, I transferred to the Veterans' Health Administration. In this position, I work with veterans struggling with PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance and other addictions, suicidal ideation, marriage and family problems, and adjusting back to civilian life. For the past five years, I also had a private practice where I worked with members of my community providing psychological assessments for disability claims, vocational rehabilitation, and foster care, as well as counseling. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, meaning I draw from techniques and theories of many different treatment styles. However, my emphasis is on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which focuses on how the way an individual thinks and what he or she tell themselves impacts their social and emotional functioning. This therapeutic flexibility allows me to customize my approach to the specific needs of a client. This approach also allows me to utilize techniques that are most effective for specific client's situation. I am a Christian and accepted Jesus as my Savior at 13 years old. Both my personal and professional experiences are shaped by my faith, and I utilize Biblical principles regularly in my counseling, even if I do not overtly reference them as such. I believe Biblical principles provide the groundwork for mental health and being content in our lives. The men and women in the Bible have struggled with many of the same issues we have, and we can use their examples to help us in our struggles. I pray daily for all of my clients, and often pray with my believing clients. Licensure and Education: Licensed Psychologist - Issued by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology - University of North Texas Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology - University of North Texas Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Cum Laude - Southwestern Oklahoma State University
My Story: Welcome! I am here to help support you through whatever you are experiencing or going through. I believe that each of us can attain greater health and wholeness by attending to and integrating mind, body and spirit attuning to our faith and building on our unique strengths. I strive Read more... to create a space that is warm, collaborative and inquisitive. I am your ally and facilitator in this process, helping you navigate through this difficult time. We will explore your feelings and look at all facets of your life to find a resolution and achieve your goals. I have particular experience and interest in issues related to depression, anxiety, anger management, finding meaning and purpose in life and work, personal empowerment, making change or negotiating life’s unexpected transitions, improving the quality of relationships and enhancing self-esteem. I look forward to helping you in any way I can!
My Story: I am an empathic therapist with many years of experience working with children, families, and individuals struggling with issues of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit, Autism Spectrum, among others. I strive to be both compassionate and empathic while helping the client along their journey of healing. I Read more... use a variety of clinical approaches from medical model to spiritual and Christian counseling, to holistic and energy work which I will adapt and modify according to the best response and comfort level of the client. I rely on quick thinking and a sense of humor and engage clients with genuine concern for their well-being. I received my MSW education from Grand Valley State University and my degree in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor College. I have obtained additional certifications as a trauma specialist, a Reiki practitioner, and an Advanced Clinical Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist. I look forward to working with you as you travel your journey.
My Story: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Born the eldest of seven children, I have always felt called to be a helper and healer. I grew up in a Christian home and have attended church all of my life. I remember asking Jesus to Read more... be my Savior one night after coming home from the AWANA program at our church. I was in Cubbies at the time (3&4 year olds). While completing my undergraduate degree at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, I felt called to the ministry and that call was confirmed by several trusted spiritual advisors. I took the first step and changed my major and minor. After graduation, I prayed for further guidance about what direction I should be taking and felt God leading me to enroll in the counseling program at Spring Arbor University. As I was completing my Master’s program, I realized that I wanted to follow in Christ’s footsteps as a healer and counselor (Isaiah 9:6). I have experience working with adults, adolescents, and children both in individual and group settings. I also have experience working with couples and families. I have worked with members of the military and their families as well. Some clinical issues I have the most experience in include depression, anxiety and stress management, trauma and abuse, and parenting concerns. My counseling style combines strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused approaches to help individuals achieve their therapeutic goals, along with a focus on building resilience, peace, and wholeness. Everyone has strengths and coping skills that they have learned and used throughout their life. Identifying those strengths and coping skills is an important step to building an individual’s or family’s toolbox that can be used to help work through various issues and to increase resilience in that individual or family. Establishing a therapeutic relationship with the person, couple or family is something I work towards initially, and throughout therapy, as having a good connection is something I believe helps facilitate effective counseling and ultimately provides the best outcomes. As a therapist, I work diligently to meet each individual where they are at, listen actively and respect where they would like to see themselves in the future with the help of therapy. I am supportive, compassionate, and present with individuals during struggles and achievement and progress. I believe that it is important to find the root of problems in order for clients to heal fully and to continue to make progress. I have worked with children, teens and their families since the beginning of my career. During this time, I worked with many different issues and concerns, including trauma and abuse, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, autism spectrum concerns, and parenting and relationship issues. I believe that addressing these issues and concerns earlier rather than later, is vitally important for today’s younger generation, because teaching our children and teens health coping skills and reinforcing their strengths will build their resilience and ability to respond to any further struggles or difficult times that will inevitably happen as they enter adulthood. Because my faith is a part of who I am personally, I strive to incorporate my faith into counseling as organically as possible. I listen for Holy Spirit’s guidance on how to move forward with clients and what He would have me say to most effectively have an impact and promote change. I believe hard work, acknowledging Holy Spirit and moving as guided by the Lord are integral to counseling being successful. I love Scripture, but two of my favorite are: Isaiah 9:6 and Proverbs 3:5-7. Isaiah 9:6 is one of my favorites because it sets the biblical example for counseling through Christ. Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams, a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift. And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great. The power of leadership, and the weight of authority, will rest on His shoulders. His name? His name we’ll know in many ways— He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing, Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (The Voice Translation) Proverbs 3:5-7 has been my most favorite passage of Scripture since I was a teen because it talks about trusting God for everything. This is so important in counseling, because only God can truly heal. Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with Him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a minute that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore Him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that is wrong. Proverbs 3:5-7 (The Passion Translation) The best way for progress to be made is by working collaboratively on treatment goals and through open communication regarding what therapeutic techniques and approaches work best for the person. Collaboration and hard work on both sides of the therapeutic relationship is vitally important to healing. I value each client and empathize with the range of emotions that may be experienced throughout treatment. I believe that everyone has the ability to overcome struggles, both present and past, and heal, but recognize that sometimes having additional support from an objective “outsider” in the form of therapy can allow clients to better identify and use the coping skills and strengths they already possess. You have taken the first step in finding peace, joy, and wholeness and becoming healthy and I am honored to help you in that journey!
My Story: My background and practice philosophy is all detailed elsewhere and certainly is all true, but what's really important is my experience and relationship with Christ and God. I would do no therapy were it not for that b/c I personally would be such a miserable human being that it Read more... wouldn't work. I thank God everyday for the ability and the gift of being able to lay my life at the feet of his Cross. I remember now the time I realized that, through some pretty desolate times when loneliness was the air I breathed, I in truth was NEVER alone. I know now He has always been there listening, understanding, infinitely patient and totally understanding. And if, at times, I don't understand how He can be understanding, it is only because I don't really get Him or could even if I tried ten times harder. He is the love that absorbs it all and stays steadfast... He is the Best Friend who is going nowhere when we know we deserve no such thing, He is the Father who regards us with amusement but patience as we struggle with our egos to be able to see ourselves as better than (fill in the blank). He mourns for our depression, has deep compassion for our pain. And what he never, ever does is leave. He stays with us, there, just for us and He never ever leaves. Who wouldn't want to pray to such? So therapy fits... really, therapy is His work, like everything. Hope I can help if you want to work together.
My Story: As a counselor with more than 35 years of experience, I have worked in a variety of settings and work with a variety of clients. I have had the honor of walking through peoples lives with them and help them change their lives and improve their lives. As a Christian, Read more... I know that it is God who provides the ultimate healing and that man's philosophies can only go so far. Through prayer, fellowship, and using the spiritual guidance of the Bible, we can achieve things that are not possible with just earthly wisdom. I'm glad to pray with you, to offer a biblical guidance, and offer coping skills that include prayer and church and fellowship in reading the word. I am not the judge, and so it is my job to love as Jesus loves. Christians are not immune from mental health issues. We are humans walking our lives out in a world that is filled with corruption and pain. There are as many problems in the church as outside the church, but we have the blessing of supernatural wisdom from God to guide us. I look forward to meeting you, praying with you, and comforting you, using God's word as guidance for healing and deliverance from those things that keep you from seeing yourself as a wonderful, beautiful, child of God.
My Story: As a Christian, I personally utilize the positive benefits of faith in my life. This may be in prayer, reading my Bible, listening to Christian music, or seeking guidance on an area of concern. Research has shown tremendous benefit from integrated spiritual coping mechanisms with significant outcomes in many Read more... areas of mental health. I'm not a pastor or biblical counselor, who might spend their session time reading from the Bible. Instead, I focus on capitalizing on your strengths in relationship with God as a positive source of coping and guidance. This is integrated in my Client-Centered, Strengths-Based & Trauma-Informed style which is warm, humanistic and appreciative of your successes and struggles. I incorporate proven techniques, specific to your needs, within my extensive Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor & Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado with over 15 years of experience. I have spent my entire career dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in my community, and I'm really excited for the opportunity to branch out even further! I have worked with a wide variety of clients, from young children, teens, adults, and their families. I'm comfortable working with people with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and co-occurring mental health & addiction. I truly enjoy working with people and being part of their journey towards wellness & success. I look forward to working with you! ~Miranda
My Story: Everyone has stuff. A problematic relationship, anxiety, depression, or feelings they don’t like or wish they experienced less intensely. Whether you’re working through a tough life moment, healing from loss, or recovering from self-injury, my passion is helping you find yours! I work with clients in a genuine and Read more... nonjudgmental way and from a position of acceptance to tackle whatever challenges they’re facing. Just as we are met with acceptance and love from Christ, I meet each of my clients. After all, Jesus was the first “counselor”: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6. I use an integrated and holistic approach to address your unique situation and problems. I draw from multiple theories while we work, including Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This allows me to tailor what we do to get you to your goals. I hold a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, am a National Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have provided distance counseling via video, phone, and text for three years. If you prefer the clinical, I’ve worked successfully with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression trauma, relationship loss, stress, self-injury and many more for years in both the online and in person settings. A note on my personal philosophy about incorporating Christian faith into counseling: I believe that counseling is Christian by its very nature. It is the act of holding space for someone to feel and explore themselves, not unlike the way that we are each held and loved by God through all our triumphs and failures. I have witnessed some Christian counseling which is more like a sermon or being lists of bible verses to memorize. So that you can find the right fit for you, I want you to know I don’t do that. I will support you with whatever means are helpful to you based on our shared faith and the knowledge I’ve been blessed with as a professional counselor. If you only needed to memorize bible verses or be preached to church and your bible would have that covered! Sometimes we need a bit more than that and even the bible reminds us: Plans fail without advice, but with many counselors they are confirmed. - Proverbs 15:22. A final note: I chose to become a counselor due to the experience of my parents’ divorce. At 9 years old I needed someone to talk with and I asked for that. My parents took me to multiple counselors - at least 8! - before I found one I felt was really listening, really supporting, and really helping. I set out into my career as a professional counselor with the knowledge that I won’t be the right counselor for everyone, but I am prepared and designed by God to be right for some. Choosing someone to work with on your life is important...it can feel intimidating even! The most important factor in choosing a therapist is finding someone you “click” with. Browse and shop around until you find someone who “speaks” to you!
My Story: ENGLISH I have been a Christian for about 20 years. I came to Christ in my teen age years and have been walking with Him since then. I can truly say my life is much richer and meaningful because He is in my life. I got into counseling because I love Read more... the church and I am passionate about bringing health to the church. I have a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from a Christian school where I was taught how to integrate psychological theory and Biblical truths. I believe a person can’t achieve complete healing only through the science of Psychology, however, addressing the problem from a scientific perspective combined with godly wisdom can be a perfect recipe for healing that has not been found no matter how many spiritual disciplines you practice. God in fact created us for fullness of life but mental health issues are a hindrance to that goal. Therefore, I like to partner with Him in order to help people cross these hurdles through practical advice and sound psychological theory that doesn't conflict with His truth. The scripture that best describe to me what therapy can accomplish is Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life". People with mental health issues suffer just as much as someone with a physical ailment does. The suffering lies in part in the fact that they long and hope to feel fulfilled as God intended them to but can’t find this peace no matter how much they love and pray to God. This is “hope deferred”, sometimes for many years. My core belief is that it doesn't have to be so. With sound psychology, to address the scientific side of the problem, combined with godly wisdom, a person can reach that FULFILLED LONGING, that TREE OF LIFE that will finally stop the heart from feeling sick. SPANISH He seguido a Jesús por 20 años y he estado caminando con Él desde ese entonces. Puedo decir con honestidad que mi vida es mucho más llena de significado porque Él esta conmigo. Escogí la psicología como profesión por mi amor a la iglesia. Soy apasionada por traer salud emocional a la iglesia para así ayudar a las personas a vivir mas llenas espiritualmente. Estudié mi Maestría en consejería profesional en una universidad cristiana donde me enseñaron a integrar teoría de la psicología con verdades bíblicas. Mi creencia es que una persona no puede alcanzar sanidad total sólo usando la ciencia, sin embargo, usando la ciencia (la cual ha sido revelada por Dios también) y combinándola con sabiduría de Dios, puede hacer que alguien que no ha encontrado sanidad ni paz para sus emociones en años, por fin lo alcance. Dios nos creó a todos para vivir una vida abundante y rica, pero los problemas de salud mental son un obstáculo para que esto suceda. Me gusta asociarme con Dios para ayudar a otros a cruzar estos obstáculos a través de consejo espiritual práctico y teoría psicológica que esta de acuerdo a Su verdad. El versículo bíblico que mejor describe lo que creo que la terapia puede lograr en alguien es Proverbios 13:12 “La esperanza que se demora es tormento del corazón, pero árbol de vida es el deseo cumplido”. Las personas que tienen problemas emocionales y mentales sufren tanto como una persona con un problema físico. Parte del sufrimiento es que viven con la esperanza de vivir en la llenura de espíritu que Dios les promete, pero no pueden alcanzarla. Esta es “la esperanza que se demora”. Esto no debe ser así. Si Dios lo ha prometido entonces la persona puede alcanzar ese “deseo cumplido”, ese “árbol de vida” que finalmente le ayudará a acabar con el tormento del corazón.
My Story: I am a mental health therapist with an addictions specialty working in Wisconsin. I have worked in various settings as a therapist for the last 10 years, with. These settings include residential, retreats, crisis in the community, and private practice. I have assisted clients with a wide Read more... range of issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, addictions, ADHD, low self-esteem, anger management, self-harming, relational conflict, trauma, and grief. Topics close to my heart include miscarriage and infant loss, reconnecting with God, and how utilize our faith when we are weary. My counseling style is warm and approachable. I use a client-centered approach which allows my clients to be a very active participant in their journey. I believe it is my role to offer a judgement-free place and assist clients in a way they need, whether it be just to listen, be a resource, a sounding board, pray with them, and/or offer guidance. My theoretical background includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), trauma-informed care, and humanistic. With these theories, I am able to adapt to what the client needs/wants out of their therapy. Along with these professional backgrounds, I utilize my own faith, knowledge of the Bible, and my client's faith to gain courage on this journey. Seeking help on a journey to change takes strength, courage, and a bit of grace. If you are ready for those challenges, it will be an honor to assist you on your journey. I look forward to meeting with you!
My Story: I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders and career challenges, I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.As an RN and a LPC, I have helped many persons with cancer and other life-challenging conditions, Read more... and their families, cope with their illness. I have facilitated support groups for Hospice, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of LGBTQ+), Cancer support, Pet Loss, Career and Compulsive Eating. I co-facilitate ""The Art of Healing" retreats with Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of "Love, Medicine & Miracles." I am a Christian and I serve as a Stephen Minister at my church which is Douglas, Congregational United Church of Christ in Douglas, MI. I am a Contributing Author for Star Nations Magazine and I have been a Contributing Author for a chapter in a book written by Dr. Bernie Siegel entitled, "Faith, Hope & Healing'" which describes my journey with kidney cancer. I recently wrote a chapter in Dr. Siegel's new book, 'Love, Animals and Miracles." The name of the chapter I wrote was "Maltese Miracle" which is a story about my little 5 pound Maltese dog named Bernie.
My Story: Rich Painter, M.S., LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the state of Florida. He draws on the insights of psychological theory as well as spiritual resources for healing. He believes that by exploring unmet needs from the past, people can develop healthier relationships today. By working through Read more... painful losses and wounds, people can release unhelpful beliefs about themselves and others in order to live more fully in the present and with hope for the future. We are hurt in relationships; we are also healed in relationship, and the therapeutic relationship can be a useful resource. Areas of focus include couple, marital, and singlehood issues, family/parenting dynamics and attachment, anxiety, depression, adolescents and young adults, career direction, abuse and trauma, spiritual growth and struggles, gender and sexuality issues, loss and grief, and pornography/addictions. He is a certified Prepare-Enrich Counselor and offers pre-engagement, pre-marital and marital couples counseling, and he is also a certified Family Wellness Instructor. He is a professional member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as well as the American Association of Christian Counselors. Rich holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and brings an extensive history of experience in spiritually based healing ministry. With over seventeen years of church ministry experience, he has a unique understanding of the needs of families. He also has experience as a youth pastor and teacher and enjoys working with adolescents and young adults in issues relating to identity and spiritual development. He has been married to his wife for over sixteen years and enjoys being a father. Together with his wife, he has led numerous small groups and served on prayer ministry and leadership discernment teams for a number of churches and Christian organizations. This background has given him additional sensitivity to the stresses and demands on those who serve in ministry as well as an ability to work with people who have suffered from spiritual abuse and negative church experiences. Rich’s desire is to partner with Jesus as He binds up the broken-hearted and sets the captives free to love (Luke 4:18). He is grateful for God’s passionate pursuit in his life, and he loves to create a supportive, nonjudgmental space for people to develop a sense of connectedness and discover greater fulfillment in their relationships.
My Story: Is you marriage in trouble? Are you missing the intimacy you so desperately desire with your spouse? Are you feeling lost and looking for God's direction for your marriage? As a Pennsylvania Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I am passionate about helping couples regain their hope, and seeing individuals Read more... discover their joy! I am here to listen and care, but most importantly to challenge you on how you can grow your relationship with God and rely on the Holy Spirit to bring the hope and healing are seeking. I won't give you the easy answers, and I won't tell you that you can have a new spouse or new life by Friday. I believe that real changes come when we can look in the mirror and see how we need to grow ourselves. Over the past 15 years, I've worked as a Christian counselor with couples, individuals, and families dealing with many different types of issues. I'm currently serving as the Pastor of Marriage and Family for my church where I help people to find their next steps in everything from marital and family struggles to depression and anxiety. I bring a hopeful, compassionate approach leaning intoGod's love and compassion. I look forward to working with you.
My Story: The Lord touches each of us in His own special way. As a youth, He moved me toward helping others in many ways; as a teacher, an orderly in a hospital, a health care specialist and now a therapist. Reading the Word, I believe with His grace, he gives us Read more... what we need. As the psalmist wrote, "Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil for you are with me. Your rod and your staff comfort me." He is forever with me...with you. Jesus tells us to seek to find, knock for it to be opened, and to ask for answers to be given. Together, it tells me that with faith, His spirit and grace can fill us, inspire us and lead us to a better way. It is up to us to act, but as the psalmist told us, He is with us...always.
My Story: Hello, my name is Kimberly Brownridge and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have a MA in Professional Counseling and MS in General Psychology. I LOVE working with couples fighting to strengthen their relationship/marriage. I have experience working with Read more... clients navigating the single life, in relationships, pre-marital, and marriage counseling. I am also experienced dealing with depression and trying new ways to help manage symptoms and learning new coping skills. I also counsel in other areas including Christian counseling, women concerns, parenting concerns, career, and LGBTQ. My counseling style is solution-focused. The focus of our sessions will be the specific and current situation. Focusing on the coping skills already possessed by the client and teaching new coping skills. My approach is also person-centered since the client is the expert on their life. The focus of counseling follows the message of the Serenity Prayer, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." I look forward to helping you courageously change the things you can and accept everything else. Fear Not . . . GOD Has A Plan.
My Story: I am a holistic counselor who focuses on all aspects of the body, spirit and mind and what is necessary to maintain a balance there. I've been in the counseling field for 15 years and I have been a licensed counselor for the past 7 years. I have worked in Read more... all aspects of the counseling field including inpatient treatment centers, Assertive Community treatment teams, and Community Health as well as in Primary Care Medical Offices and now Private Practice. I graduated from Liberty University where faith based counseling is incorporated in all aspects of our training. I believe that each of these steps in my career built a small part of what I now use to make sure that I am treating the whole person rather than just pieces of a person when they walk in my door. Our walk with God is a marathon not a sprint, so each problem, issues or obstacle that we may give is part of our journey but does not stop is from running the race. The closer we are with God during the times the more we are able to quiet our mind and listen for him. I have been nominated for NC Counselor of the year on 2016 and 2017 and was voted one of Brunswick County Top 10 Young Professionals in 2016. I am the leading referral source for many local attorney and judges due to my history in the course system in high conflict divorce. I am currently a qualified expert witness for North Carolina District and Superior Courts. I use different approaches tailored to the individual to assist them in meeting their goals on therapy while maintaining a comfortable relaxed setting to do so.
My Story: Has life worn you down? You’re not alone! Maybe you feel that despite all of your attempts to create the life you really want, you can’t quite get there. Perhaps you continue to struggle with feeling out of control and overwhelmed by your emotions. I’m here to help! I work Read more... to provide a safe, genuine, and non-judgmental space for you to heal hurts, build coping skills, make positive changes, and achieve goals. I’m passionate about helping you create a life worth living! I look forward to getting to know you and providing the support you need. I have been a Christian since age 6 and believe that true healing can only come through the assistance of the Holy Spirit. I have 15 years of experience as a counselor both online and face to face. I have worked with individuals with a variety of concerns including trauma and abuse, PTSD, and Borderline Personality Disorder. My approach is generally cognitive-behavioral in nature but I tailor my interventions to your unique style and personality. I have a master's degree in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Trinity Seminary. I'm so glad that you've reached out for support! Let's walk beside each other and rely on the love and grace of God to start the healing today!
My Story: My name is Leslie Pegram and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia. I have over ten years of experience helping adults and children readdress difficulties and reclaim the stability they are seeking in their lives. I firmly believe my faith in Christ has Read more... significantly assisted me in my counseling journey. I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my Savior at a young age. I have watched Him repeatedly shape and mold my life and my future. My faith extends not only to my personal life, but to my professional development and practice as well. Along with scriptural truth, I utilize cognitive behavioral therapeutic interventions and solution focused therapy to assist my clients in identifying their goals and plans for success. I believe in the client-therapist relationship and will work diligently to assist you in overcoming the difficulties and challenges you are facing. I will work with you to clearly define your area of concern and develop a treatment plan to effectively treat your needs. I will also assist you in identifying various scriptures that you can utilize to reach your goals. One of my favorite scriptures that I utilize frequently to help me stay on track and reach my goals is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
My Story: I have been a Christian my entire life. I believe God has guided me to be a therapist and His plan for me is to help those in need. I am active in my church as a musician and a member of my Parish Council. Read more... I rely on my faith daily and pray daily as well. I am not afraid to bring God into my sessions if that is what is important to my clients. Although I don't push my beliefs on others, I believe Spirituality and Faith is an important component to overall good mental health. One of my favorite verses is very simple: "Fear not God is with you!"
My Story: I was raised in the church from the time I was a child, but over the years I found my own reasons to continue following Christ. I’ve been through some trials and tribulations, and I am able to see how God has held me close through it all. The Read more... relationship that I have with God is something I hope for each and every person. Religion is not the following of the law, but returning to the relationship with God. My hope in Christian therapy is to help each person find their individual relationship with God. One of my favorite scriptures is from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of New Mexico where I have six years of experience addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, relational and parenting problems, And life transitions. I believe that each person should be treated with respect and I enjoy using humor sensitivity and compassion not only with clients but in daily life as well. My fridge can best be described as a buffet style of CBT, strategic, solutions focused, and experiential. Each of these can be tailored to what the client is needing at any given moment.
My Story: Hello! I am a Clinical Social Worker licensed in Massachusetts with over 10 years in the field and have worked with a wide range of clients including those experiencing depression, anxiety, self-esteem concerns, life threatening illness, relationship issues (family, friendship, couples, etc), stress, parenting concerns, life stage transitions, trauma and Read more... abuse, grief and loss, and infertility and pregnancy. I have coached many people through their processes of individual growth and who are looking to create a better life space for themselves. As a Roman Catholic, I have always been drawn to the life of Mother Teresa. I have tried to live my life holding onto her words. I teach the same and feel kindness is at the core of our existence. I have always cared about those less fortunate and "rooted for the underdog" so to speak. As my desire to help others in more ways grew, I felt Social Work become my calling. My counseling style is kind, interactive, and down to earth. I have a fluid approach catered to your needs taking from humanistic theories, system and strength based theories, and using mindfulness and traditional talk therapy. I work with your wishes and desires for treatment while making sure we have a plan for change and growth because I know your time and efforts are valuable. My experience has allowed me to work across the United States as well as internationally and with a wide range of ages, backgrounds, diagnoses, socioeconomic classes and the barriers that come with each. At my core, I believe in treating everyone with empathy, kindness, and compassion and that my faith is my guide. I am grateful you are here looking and hope to be the best fit for you!
My Story: At times we are faced with situations from the past or the present that cause us to become overwhelmed. Whether it be life in general, work, children, spousal relationships, or something much deeper there are ways to work through them. I work well with children, adolescents, adults, and Read more... families to help them find solutions and clarity in their situations. For the past two years, I have worked specifically with victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and other traumatic events. If you are experiencing any of these situations I would love to work with you or your loved ones. I have been licensed in Texas as a professional counselor for two years. I have over 15 years of experience working with at-risk youth and their families. For the past two years, I have worked specifically with victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and other traumatic events. I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior therapy but can use different modalities to fit the client's needs. The CBT models work well with clients who experience depression, anxiety, anger issues, substance abuse, and behavior problems. I do work to address trauma and substance abuse at the same time because I feel that they walk hand in hand. I also have worked with victims of domestic violence and provide psychotherapy education for women and men to be able to look for red flags and understand the impact of domestic violence. I have a Master's in Professional Counseling and a master's certificate in Autism Education. I work well with families to help them understand more about the diagnosis of Autism. Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate in Traumatology to help me better understand the impact trauma has on all ages. My counseling style is friendly, compassionate and interactive. I believe everyone should have the chance to heal and recover and that our diagnosis or circumstances does not define who we are. After the initial intake I will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. One of the bravest things a person can do is ask for help and to take the first steps to make a change. One of my favorite sayings is "Perhaps the Butterfly is Proof That You Can Go Through A Great Deal of Darkness Yet Become Something Beautiful". I look forward to working with you to help make something beautiful!! From early on I have known that God had a plan for my life. The path has not always been easy and many obstacles have occurred. It is my faith in God that has kept me steady and strong throughout it. I have trusted God to help me through some dark times in my past and the healing process was not as difficult as I sought God's guidance and wisdom. I now take the blessings that He has passed onto me to help His children heal and find guidance in therapy. In my therapy sessions I allow myself to be guided by the Holy Spirit to lead the counseling session. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and received my degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I love the work that the University is doing in making Champions for Christ. Currently I am working on my Doctorate in Counseling with an emphasis in Traumatology.