Where was God when I needed him?
How could God allow this?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
I didn't deserve this!
If you are asking these questions, you are not alone. This is a very large topic worth exploring. It is healthy to explore these questions or frustrations as part of the therapy process along with any emotions tied to them.
Traumatic experiences force victims to confront psychological and spiritual challenges that are not familiar to the average person.
Trauma can call into question human relationships, rupture family attachments, friendship, love and community, shatter the formation of healthy self-identity, and erode belief systems that give meaning to human life and experiences.
Trauma can shatter a survivor's faith and concept of God.
When trauma strikes, victims are left feeling powerless and helpless. It is common for these feelings to be projected onto God in a way that conceptualizes God as abandoning, unable, punishing, distant, or uncaring.
Psychological trauma leaves behind strong feelings of dis-empowerment and disconnection. Recovery therefore, is based upon empowerment and the creation of new healed and healthy connections.
When faced with life’s challenges, some people find that drawing on their faith is a key part to finding healing and effective treatment.
What you believe gives life meaning and purpose influences how you feel physically, emotionally, and psychologically. What you believe is important because your beliefs influence your emotions, responses, and capacity to cope and find hope and make meaning.
Everyone is at a different place on their spiritual journey. I meet you where you are.
Connecting with your spirituality from a Christian perspective involves an interest to grow in faith and connect with God in ways that bring new hope, strength and peace.
Christian counselling focuses on how faith and psychology work together.
Like secular therapy, Christian counselling is diverse and follows several evidence-based therapeutic approaches.
What makes Christian counselling unique is the broad range of additional resources including prayer, scripture, and integrating spiritual practices that support therapy.
Each counsellor approaches counselling through the lens of his or her own worldview (and many exist). It is not possible for a counsellor to separate who they are as a person from their role as a counsellor, which means their personality (core beliefs) will indirectly show through in his or her work with you.
My approach is informed by the Christian worldview. This does not mean I push my beliefs, nor do you have to share my beliefs to work with me. It means that I am trained in a number of evidence based approaches and speciality areas and strive to deliver them in warm, caring and nonjudgmental way that honours my worldview.
I believe all people are worthy of love, respect, and good therapy regardless of circumstances or beliefs.
What you choose to believe regarding God and or your spirituality is a personal decision and not one that can be pushed or forced.
Christian counselling is available to those who want to include their faith in the therapeutic process or grow in the areas of faith and spirituality.
Hope anchors the soul (Heb. 6:19), there is hope for your future (Jer. 29:11) and all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).