We all come across times in our lives where we look around us and feel trapped and alone. Like so many, you may have tried to to rectify the situation with your own will and power but it still doesn’t work. It’s easy to get stuck in a loop of falling and getting back up, only to find yourself right back where you started days or weeks later.
In this frustrating cycle it becomes all too easy to wonder, “Is there any purpose to all this pain and struggle?”
The good news of the Gospel is that every ounce of pain and struggle you experience matters deeply to God and to your own growth. God desires to transform this pain into His glory and to show you a path that leads to healing so you can fulfill your true purpose in this world.
The Bible instructs believers to view hardships as God disciplining them like a loving father would. It then goes on to say, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11, NIV) Struggle is a growing pain. Without it you cannot reach the full potential of what God has in store for you. However, you’re also not meant to suffer unnecessarily and without guidance.
My mission as a Christian counselor is to assist you in harnessing these great opportunities for growth. Regardless of the type of hardship you are experiencing, God can redeem that situation and you can experience something beautiful from the adversity. Whether it’s trauma, addiction, the death of a loved one, relationship problems, spiritual dilemmas, depression, anxiety, anger issues or low self-esteem there is a “harvest of righteousness and peace” that can spring forth from this, especially when you have the support you need.
Christian counseling provides an avenue to transformation that is supportive, structured and faith-based. Through proper accountability and the right tools you can grow both as a person and as a follower of Christ. God said to the very first person he created, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18) We were not created to walk this earth isolated and alone. Rather, we are called to seek out wisdom and fellowship with others so that we can follow Jesus faithfully and grow in Him (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Proverbs 4:6-7, Hebrews 12:1-3).
You were not supposed to figure this out all by yourself and you don’t have to.
As a Christian counselor, I walk alongside people as a guide through both the dark and joyous seasons of life. I integrate the best of evidenced-based clinical counseling approaches with sound Biblical principles. I believe that God has given us advancements in psychology, counseling theory, social sciences and neuroscience that compliment the wisdom of the Bible. I make it a priority to ensure that these forms of knowledge and the tools they provide are in line with the spiritual authority of Scripture.
Additionally, I take an approach to counseling that considers the whole person. This holistic approach affirms that God created human beings as an integration of body, mind and spirit. As a Christian counselor, I utilize a method that effectively examines and integrates theses components.
For example, I often teach people how to “challenge their thoughts” to change their ways of thinking so they become more positive and reality-based. One way to use this empirically validated tool is to replace unhealthy negative thoughts with Biblical and spiritual affirmations. Changing thought patterns in this manner can greatly alleviate many mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression.
As people find relief from anxiety and depression they often notice their physical health improves. They have more energy and get sick less often because their bodies are in less distress and more at ease. I also encourage my clients to become more physically active and to engage in healthy eating habits. This empowers them to fulfill their spiritual calling to serve God and others.
At Trinity Professional Counseling Services, you will find Christian counseling services that are supportive and non-denominational. I recognize that there is a great diversity of theological beliefs and religious practices within the church and strive to communicate respect for everyone I encounter. I make it a priority to ensure all of my clients feel safe and understood.
I also recognize that as a Christian, seeking counseling can sometimes come with added challenges. You may feel a sense of shame or spiritual failing that your faith is not “strong enough” to resolve your struggles. Faith, however, is not about being strong enough but about depending on God to provide the help you need when you need it. Do not allow a false sense of shame to keep you from reaching out, receiving help and living the full and abundant life God wants to give you.
I look forward to hearing from you so we can begin the journey towards abundant life together.
~Amy Taft, LPC