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  • My Approach to Counseling

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    Faith, Hope and Love

    I believe that what transpires between counselor and counselee can and should reflect the narrative of a Christian’s life in Christ. It is in this sense that I describe myself and my counseling as biblical. Every Christian lives out his or her union with Christ through faith, hope, and love. Just as our saving relationship to the Holy Trinity begins in faith, so my counseling relationship starts with faith, or trust, grounded in understanding, authentic presence, safety, acceptance, and stability (Rom. 1:12; Eph. 3:17; Col. 1:23, 2:7). In other words, my first desire is for you to feel and trust that you are safe. After faith, our life in Christ is energized by hope, as Paul often states: “we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:2); “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27); “Christ Jesus our hope” (1 Tim. 1:1). So a significant amount of our time will be devoted to exploring how Jesus is your hope today, confronting the false hopes in which you may be stuck, and encouraging you to act on the real hope God gives in the gospel. Lastly, faith and hope lead to love, receiving and returning God’s love for us in Jesus through the Spirit. Through our work together, you will grow in your belief and reception of God’s love, and from that grounding grow in your love for God, self, and others in the areas which brought you to counseling (Gal. 5:6; Eph. 4:15; 1 John 4:18). Saint Augustine witnessed to this dynamic power of faith, hope and love when he said that “without these three things therefore – faith, hope, and love – no mind is healed.”

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