Sometimes it's difficult to see a clear path to the answers in our lives until we put our faith in Christ and take time to look to others for help and support.
Who needs counseling anyway?
Paul tells us to walk as "children of light" and to produce good fruit, yet this path seems difficult for many of us. The peace and joy of the Lord evades us, and some of us feel we still live in darkness, as we struggle with family troubles, pain and sin in our lives. Paul's directions seem difficult if not impossible. The fruits of our lives are disappointing, inconsistent and often sinful. Failing to produce good fruit, we too often fall into striving, disillusionment and self-condemnation, knowing our lives are not pleasing to God.
Counseling can be helpful and life-changing when we are faced with recurring patterns of trouble in our lives. The signs are easy to see: continual difficulty with relationships, conflict in families, acute and ongoing pain, anger, bitterness, failure. Even our relationship with God isn't what it should be. Sometimes it's hard to believe we are the problem and we imagine it's our husbands, our wives, our circumstances which need to change. But no matter the cause, the trouble exists”; there's no denying it.
How can counseling help?
Most patterns of trouble in our lives center around relationships. In truth, the roots of these troubles are also centered in relationships. Inside the counseling process, roots can be discovered and understood, and in the presence of God - the most important relationship of all - we can begin to be healed and restored by the power of Jesus Christ.
What is a "week of intensive counseling"?
Traditional formats for counseling are often designed to fit nicely into a busy person's life, in between work and family obligations. Typically, these sessions might occur once a week until which time the problem is resolved.
While this format can be helpful in some situations, we have used another approach for over sixteen years. In this approach, intimacy and trust build as the counselor and counselee work hard in prayer and sharing to uncover the roots of trouble, identify hurts and wounds and resultant sins, and come into God's healing presence. They move beyond present circumstances and immediate concerns to look at the deeper issues which keep us from experiencing God's love and blessing.
What to expect:
This intensive week consists of:
Five, three-hour sessions, totaling fifteen hours of counseling
Building a foundation of trust with God
Uninterrupted sessions with deep healing
Take a week off from work to participate for greater benefit
Work on your total self and relationships and not just particular problems
Whereas traditional counseling formats must compete with the world and its demands, a commitment to the intensive week puts relationship with God in its rightful place of priority. If follow-up counseling is needed, both counselor and counselee can depend upon the strong foundations built in the intensive week to reconnect with one another and with God. Then, the traditional shorter sessions can be more meaningful and effective.
Intensive counseling allows for a work of deep healing. Many choose to take the whole week as a retreat from work, and to simplify life as much as possible. The goal of counseling becomes something more than just fixing a particular problem; rather, it can begin a work in every believer to embrace the full effect of our Christian walk, which is to bring us into wholeness and restore our relationships with God and others.
To learn more about counseling, or to schedule time, please Contact us.