As a counsellor, I strive to provide a safe place for people to work through any issues that are causing pain, confusion or where there is a sense of being overwhelmed even momentarily. Issues may include loss & grief, relationship issues, self-esteem, assertiveness skills, mental health issues, crisis intervention, communication difficulties and many more life challenges.
I believe people have power within to transform, re-configure or adjust their life's path and I know I am able to help facilitate these changes through self-awareness, compassion and support.
Biblical counselling is an approach to counselling that uses the Bible to address the issues in the lives of individuals, couples, and families. The Bible teaches that our thoughts,, motives, attitudes, words, and actions flow from the sinful selfishness of our hearts. Biblical counselling addresses the heart as the source of these human actions and reactions using the wisdom and approaches revealed in the Bible.
Biblical counselling is practical and effective. It does not view people as simply spiritual beings with spiritual problems; instead the biblical counselor sees the individual as a physical, emotional, cognitive, and relational being. One focus of Biblical counselling is to help others develop a biblical worldview of their life and recognize the core truth that guides right thinking and actions. The goal of biblical counselling is spiritual maturity.
Biblical counselling also values the rule of the local church in the process of ones change of heart or sanctification. Heart change brings about life change, but this is accomplished most effectively in an authentic Christian community, the local church.
True change is the result of the Holy Spirit working in ones heart; this work often includes intervention by other people such as a pastor, a mentor, or a counselor. The biblical counselor helps people identify their problems in biblical terms that may involve a renaming of the problem, such as, alcoholism versus drunkenness. As this is done, the individual's view of his or her problem is changed and becomes biblical. This process is filled with grace and is ulimately redemptive. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation for the work of biblical counselling.