Our faith journey is one of the most deeply intimate aspects of our life. Juxtapose that, God never intended for us to walk alone. Alas, while we are called into fellowship with one another, talking about our struggles in life and faith can be extremely vulnerable and thus challenging.
Coming in to counseling, the work you are looking to do is aimed at improving your overall well-being, that includes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Though you have many parts, they are all one body. My goal is to create a safe place, free of judgement, to explore each in turn and move toward healing the whole person.
As shared in my bio, my faith is extremely important to me. That said, part of creating a safe place for you is that I do not force any of my personal beliefs on you. Rather, I come alongside you and create space for healthy dialogue. My own path has been anything but straight. It has been a long and windy road. I have experienced the pains of falling away and the joys of coming home. Given our identity is rooted in our Creator, when we block out that aspect of ourselves from the work I have seen that it can be limiting for clients and the progress made.
Practically speaking, faith in session is incorporated through prayer, reading scripture, and open conversations about faith life - the crosses and blessings. Note, that as I mentioned you are spiritual as well as physical, mental, and emotional so the conversations don’t focus solely on the spiritual.
Part of my daily prayer time includes praying for all the individuals God chooses to bring into my path through counseling, past, present, and future. So before you have even reached out I have already being praying for God to help bring about the healing you are in search of. The healing that you desire could be related to something in your present or it could be interwoven with something going further back. I do trust the Holy Spirit to provide the enlightenment and direction to move toward healing for you. Have more questions about what it might look like feel free to reach out.
A few of my favorite passages: