Mind Made Whole
Psychotherapy and Christian Counseling
I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy. This approach incorporates a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment for you as the client. I have training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) which has a reputation for being "the gold standard of therapeutic treatment." I find that the use of a blend of techniques from CBT, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Task Centered Therapy (TCT) provide the best outcome for most clients that I engage.
In addition, my Christian foundation allows me to incorporate values and principles adapted from the Holy Bible to build strong relationships with my client's who are seeking spiritual guidance. I believe that we are tri-part beings and in order to experience true wholeness we must not neglect any part of who we are mind, soul, and spirit. As a Christian Counselor I believe sometimes the issues that we experience go beyond science and can be very spiritual in nature. At Mind Made Whole, I seek to use God-given wisdom to discern what is causing your symptoms, so we can work towards finding lasting solutions. I take into account and respect the medical field and its expertise in providing knowledge and understanding regarding the function of the brain. If deemed necessary, a referral will be made to a psychiatrist or health care physician who can provide you with the medication management required to help support complete mental well being. Through Mind Made Whole I will create a plan of treatment for healing and growth . Whatever brought you here, I offer you a place of safety and compassion where you can get the help you need.
I believe that Jesus Christ died to set us free. Part of being set free is to be free in your mind. The mindset that we have will govern the course that we take and the outcomes in our lives. Shifting from an old negative mindset to a new positive mindset makes all the difference in the world. You can learn to train your mind to think differently with diligence and persistence. My goal is to help you to have a new mindset by providing you with encouragement, hope, and a brand new outlook on life. It is the will of God for you to be victorious in your living and this can only happen after overcoming the battle in your mind.
Anxiety is an emotion experienced by everyone at some point in life. It is a typical response to stress and unresolved emotions. If you feel that you suffer with chronic anxiety that impedes your ability to live life to the fullest then you may be suffering with anxiety disorder. This is no way to live, as it can be mentally, spiritually, and emotionally draining. Anxiety destroys your inner peace, filling your mind with worry, fear, and concern about the future. There are many forms and causes for anxiety, and it affects people in different ways. At Mind Made Whole , I can work along side you to help identify the cause for your anxiety, while offering God-given solutions for a healthier, more peaceful life.
Depression is a serious condition that many suffer with. People who suffer from depression might experience overwhelming feelings of emptiness and hopelessness, with no desire to do the things they once loved. Many people who suffer with depression often live an isolated life accompanied with mental and physical exhaustion, body aches, headaches, and physical illness. Depression is sometimes stigmatized as a sign of weakness and something that people should be able to control. The truth is depression is very difficult to manage if ignored and left untreated without professional help.
Depression is a real condition that often requires professional treatment to overcome. Traditional psychotherapy and Christian counseling for depression can help you work through the the darkness that consumes you, and help provide guidance in regaining ground to experience a more peaceful and sound mind that our Lord, Jesus Christ intended you to have.
Do you feel stuck in your life with a number of relationship difficulties? Do you feel that you are going in circles with no changes and need someone to speak to?
Many things can create difficulties in relationships:
stress and pressure about anything including health, work, parents, children or money, different goals and expectations, different perspectives or values, lack of time to spend together or lack of interest, limited trust, financial insecurity/difficulties raising children, serious illness or disability, breakups, job loss or unemployment, violence or abuse, and issues arising from a previous relationship.
People bring different perspectives, personalities, and challenges to a relationship. Most would agree that some conflict in relationships is inevitable, but there are ways to handle it so it is not destructive to you or other's involved with you.
Relationships can become stronger if all participants are willing to talk about and work through their differences. Conflict can often be resolved and serious matters dealt with if we take a step back and consider the various ways to handle the situation efficiently.
Is Anger Controlling Your Life?
We live in an environment with many frustrations that impact our daily activities. This environment can cause an individual to become chronically irritated. Learning how to control anger will empower you.
Know When You're Angry
There are often both physical and emotional symptoms to anger and, by recognizing these, we are more likely to be able to control them.
Possible Physical Signs of Anger:
You rub your face frequently,Tightly clasping one hand with the other, or making clenched fists,Clenching of the jaw or grinding teeth, Shallow breathing and/or breathlessness, Increased heart-rate, Perspiring, sweaty palms, Trembling or shaking lips, hands, Rocking motion whilst sitting, Pacing, You become rude and lose your sense of humor, You talk louder, You develop cravings for things that you think may relax you: tobacco, sugar, alcohol, drugs, comfort food, etc.
Possible Emotional Symptoms of Anger
A desire to ‘run away’ from the situation, Irritation.Feeling sad or depressed,Feeling guilty or resentful, Anxiety, feeling anxious can manifest in many different ways, A feeling or desire to lash out verbally or physically.
The Benefits of Therapy for Anger Management
To help you recognize what makes you angry (triggers)
To teach you how to best respond to these triggers without being aggressive
To enable you to learn specific skills to help you manage triggers for anger effectively.
Help you identify times when your thoughts do not lead to logical or rational conclusions.
To teach you how to relax, how to stay calm and be peaceful when you feel a surge of anger.
Grief & Loss
The loss of a loved one is often a devastating experience that can shake anyone, resulting in serious mood disturbances such as depression and complicated bereavement. While grief is a natural part of life, some people find themselves unable to move on from loss and need professional support to heal. Bereavement can also complicate pre-existing mental health disorders, adding new dimensions to your psychological distress that require unique interventions. Whether the result of death, divorce, or break up of a relationship, I will work with you to help you process and recover from the loss so that you can move towards a healthier, more joyful life.