Christian couples work hard to seek joy and peace in their relationship with each other. However, the challenges that couples of faith face are not unlike those of other couples. Emotional disconnect, conflict, infidelity, miscommunication and loneliness can happen in many relationship dynamics. I help couples work to identify what is happening in their dynamic that seems to get them stuck and unable to connect.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples is a model of counseling that allows space for couples to explore what is happening in moments of distress and conflict. This style removes blame from each partner and works to help couples gain understanding and compassion for their partner in ways that they have, likely, not been able to before. EFT helps couples discover a road map for effectively turning toward each other in a safe way that allows both partners to confidently move forward together.
Christian Counseling for Individuals
Within individual counseling, I often help clients process through experiences (past or present) that have left them feeling anxious, sad, lonely, confused, frustrated or helpless. Many of us struggle within our lives and relationships trying to navigate challenging thoughts and emotions. Our struggles might lead us to make decisions that don't represent our values or lead us to a place where we behave in ways that don't represent who we want to be. Many of us think, because we are a Christian, that we should effortlessly be able to handle emotionally challenging experiences or that we are protected from ever experiencing these types of struggles.
Most Christians understand that confusion, despair and fear are not from God. The awareness of that doesn't necessarily stop those challenges from surfacing, though, since we are human beings living in a world with other human beings. These struggles can be particularly difficult because what is happening in our minds can feel different than what is happening in our hearts. I like to hold space for people to move through their challenges in a purposeful way so they can begin to experience greater peace in their lives.