Making Meaning in Your Life!
What is it? Faith-based counseling and pastoral care has been a cornerstone of the Christian Faith from the beginning. The Bible tells us each person must carry their own load, but also to carry other’s burdens. A load is your responsibilities in life, but a burden is something that overwhelms you. It takes others to help you carry an overwhelming burden. Faith-based counseling is the practice of sharing a burden by coming alongside a fellow human being and offering support and help. It is not religious propaganda, proselytizing, or efforts to convert people. It is loving others in their need, where ever they are.
Read more about our definition and application of Christian Pastoral Counseling in detail.
Faith-based counseling helps you find meaning in life so you can move forward!
Is if only for Christians and religious people? Not just for Christians, pastoral care can help anyone from any faith tradition work through issues of faith, spirituality, life stress, and finding meaning. Our trained pastoral Christian counselors respect your faith tradition, and never impose their own beliefs on you. When you encounter life stops, often it is a crisis of belief in conflict with life. Many of our faith-based clients find that searching their spiritual and relational issues are best accomplished when the counselor acknowledges the impact of personal beliefs on the topic.
Common Reasons to See a Christian Counselor
- Depression and Anxiety are often connected to feelings emptiness or lack of worth. Finding meaning in life can relieve many symptoms of emotional pain, and empower you to love yourself, and be loved by others.
- LGBT clients find faith-based counseling helpful when reconciling traditional messages with their own feelings about love and belonging. Working with non-judgmental Christian counselors can you help bridge the gap back to family, friends, and the Church.
- People in pain from losses experience the weight of grieving and the meaning of life. Your journey back to joy is connected to your own sense of what life is all about.
- Survivors of abuse find help in understanding when a crisis of faith makes them question where God was in their time of need. You matter to God, and you are not damaged goods.
- Adults raised in excessively religious families find relief when they discover the difference between religiosity and true faith expression. Find out what God says to you, not what messages were imposed by others.
- Career decisions can be hard. Your work matters to God. Find your mission in life by exploring your calling and embracing your heart’s desire.
Relationships are impacted by many things. Old wounds, new problems, long-term separation, cheating, pornography, death in the family, finances, work stress, children, in-laws…By looking closely at the root cause of your emotional reaction to life-stress, we help you disconnect the reactive emotions from your dialog and help you to respond effectively. Relationship coaching and counseling is an effective way to stop on-going and repetitive conflicts.
Perhaps the most difficult job we do is raising our children. The stakes are high, and we are personally invested. Children can bring an intense level of stress and self-criticism into your life when you feel they are not behaving the way you feel they should. Parenting issues in child rebellion, learning disabilities, choice of friend, acting out, cutting, drugs, sex, online addictions to gaming and porn, co-parenting after divorce, and blending families can all be addressed with simple skills and tools. Family or Parent coaching and counseling is an effective way of opening dialogues, resolving conflicts, and reducing strife.
Some issues are simply personal. You realize there is a problem, and it is too big for your spouse, parents, friends, or pastor. If you are struggling with: Grief or Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Fear, or Gender identity and faith conflicts, counseling can help.
If you are burdened by: Sexual Addictions, Pornography, Food Addiction, Over-spending, Substance Addictions, or other unwanted behaviors, our counselors can help.