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Who are you?: Identity after Trauma

By |2019-11-05T16:38:39-06:00July 28th, 2019|Anxiety, Identity|

Who are you? Identity after Trauma Life takes each of us through natural significant developmental stages of transitions (infancy, toddler, childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, retirement, etc.). Each of these transitional stages requires us to develop a new part of our identity. This can be complicated by a plethora of decisions [...]

The Traumatized Brain: Why Trauma Causes Triggers

By |2019-11-05T17:42:49-06:00September 26th, 2018|Trauma|

The Traumatized Brain: Why Trauma Causes Triggers   Life happens to all of us. Throughout scripture we see where we are guaranteed to face trials, tribulations, and persecutions. Knowing this only serves to normalize our experiences, it does not prepare us for unexpected life experiences and it does not prevent [...]

The Broken Path

By |2019-11-06T20:57:41-06:00November 21st, 2016|Christian Counseling|

No parents are perfect, but sometimes parents are painfully imperfect. Sometimes parents directly instill fear, neglect, lovelessness, worthlessness, rejection, self-hate, abandonment, and anger that children live with. When these hurting children grow up to be adults they struggle. The challenges we face in childhood become the struggles of our adulthood. [...]

Broken is Not Worthless

By |2019-11-08T00:13:43-06:00June 16th, 2016|Mental Health|

“Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” Isaiah 61:7 When you hear the word “broken” what comes to your mind? Close your eyes [...]

ANXIETY: When There is No Lion at the Door

By |2019-11-02T23:16:57-05:00November 1st, 2019|Anxiety|

Anxiety: When There is No Lion at the Door     What exactly is anxiety and what is the difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder? First, it is an emotion and emotions are neither good nor bad; they are simply an alarm inside your mind and body that [...]

Negative Belief Systems: The Joy Robber

By |2019-11-05T18:11:10-06:00June 14th, 2018|Identity|

Negative Belief Systems: The Joy Robber I want to tackle the concept of negative belief systems and the joy robber that they are. Negative belief systems are created from life experiences. More on that topic here (The two sides to every life story: The significance of self-talk). Here is how [...]

3 Myths about Christian Counseling

By |2019-11-05T18:34:19-06:00January 25th, 2018|Christian Counseling|

“I don’t know about counseling…” and Christian Counseling? Can’t I just go to a pastor for free? Doesn’t science contradict the bible? …  Ahhh, yes! I hear this ALL the time! Here are a few common myths about Christian counseling!   Yes, I love pastors and their calling! They are [...]

I Got Divorced. Who am I?

By |2019-11-06T20:45:25-06:00February 18th, 2017|Divorce, Identity|

Marriage unites two lives bringing together two people who create daily habits together, they marry into one another’s families, they share time with friends, and possibly even children (together or blended). You identify as a spouse, you share private information and develop hobbies and past times together. It’s beautiful, until [...]