My counseling degree is a degree in Christian counseling from Liberty University. At the time I enrolled, I thought they wouldn't want me as a student if they knew I was a cigarette-smoking, temper-challenged, single-mom with a shaky faith. I didn't enroll because I wanted a Christian counseling degree. I enrolled because it was, at the time, the only distance-learning program that would get me licensure in Ohio.
We never know, though, what the Lord has in store for us! I left the cigarettes behind, my temper subsided, my parenting improved, and my faith increased beyond measure. I realized I was just the kind of person Jesus came for 2,000 years ago and still is here for today. I learned that God's word is relevant. And funny. And exciting. And true. I don't use Scripture as a weapon in my counseling, I use it to show that our creator knows us, every last intimate detail, and truly, loves us to pieces with a desire that we should do what is right because it is the right thing to do and trust Him to work out the details.
Learning counseling at Liberty, I came to understand the basics of anxiety, grief, depression, and all the more serious concerns. I learned how these impact thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. More, though, I learned that having a Biblical worldview means something. I learned that people who have been hurt in church often have a view of God like their earthly father but with some Heavenly distance. I learned that as a Christian counselor I can be the one Paul refers to in Galatians 6:1 where he says we ought to bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ - the command to love the Lord and to love one another. My vision of counseling is just that - to come along side, to help bear the burden. My counseling techniques use narrative therapy, behavioral skills, brief solution-focused therapy and aspects of rational-emotive therapy, all underscored by compassion and respect.
My heart is primarily for those who struggle with addiction... and all that chaos that goes along with it... family conflicts, grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, career frustrations, loss of self-esteem and motivation. Even if addiction isn't the primary issue, my heart is still for those whose lives are a mess. Let me say, though, if you are reaching out before things have gotten to the complete meltdown stage - good for you! We are not meant to live our lives in isolation. Reaching out takes courage, and my favorite verse is 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind. This is the spirit in you! I will work with you to fan this spirit into flame so that you might rejoice in this day and every day!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression
LPCC #E. 0800160 (Expires: 2020-01-31)
Elizabeth is great!
I find my online counselor to be a wonderful access...I recommend her to anyone...She is very professional yet personal and easy to communicate with...I will definitively be back....
Elizabeth clearly has been given a gift from God. She is a caring person and a great listener. I especially appreciate that she looks at things from a Christian, biblical perspective, rather than just a clinical view. I was not expecting her to spend time even after our call thinking and writing up her thoughts and suggestions and sending them to me later. She has gone above and beyond to provide me comfort during a difficult time in my life. I would highly recommend Elizabeth to anyone needing to talk to someone who will truly care.
Elizabeth Shartle is very kind and encouraging. She responds to my messages quickly.
Elizabeth has been wonderful so far!!
Elizabeth has been a real blessing to me. She has been helpful presenting ideas and biblical references to help me overcome my addictions and to help identify the triggers that lead to such behavior, and how we as sinners use justification as an excuse to engage in destructive behaviors. From the very beginning I felt comfortable sharing sensitive thoughts with her, even though this sin is embarrassing and shameful for me discuss she really helped me along in those areas. The only area I think can be improved upon, would be the opportunity to email or text in real time.
If others have struggles with any sin I highly recommend Faithful Counseling. Thank you so much and God bless.
Elizabeth has been such a support for me, helping me with perspective and working through some challenges.
Elizabeth has been wonderful to work with. I am so thankful that I was paired with her. She is so kind and tactful with her responses. She also does a great job of leading me to an "aha moment" and letting me discover the connections on my own. In our short time together she has been so beneficial to me.