What should I expect from counseling?
Although the nature of each counseling request is unique, there is a common theme in people’s lives that is often the impetus to reaching out for help: unprocessed suffering. Our stories contain particular scenes of heartache and loss, confusion and pain, and perhaps an overall sense of disorientation; things are not as they should be. The Bible uses several metaphors to describe our stories of suffering: the wilderness, the desert or the valley…each one producing images that attempt to explain what is often inexplicable.
Naturally, we resist or avoid these feelings and the discomfort they bring. A person may believe that a good therapist can make these feelings go away, or fix the problems that are causing pain. However, the process of counseling is somewhat counter-intuitive. The therapeutic process intentionally engages these distressing emotions, memories of harm, or stories of loss, because until we can verbalize our pain, acknowledge its impact and meaningfully integrate it into our story, we are held captive by our suffering.
Bringing our stories into the light with a trusted therapist is an act of courage. We understand that someone in pain is seeking relief as quickly as possible. Yet we know that comfort is offered to those who mourn…those who have allowed themselves to grieve and have been an active participant in naming the damage that has occurred from sin and suffering in a broken world. Our professional counselors are ready and willing to engage your story with intentionality and grace, because we believe that life and hope emerge when we faithfully tend to our deepest hurts and honest questions.