Counseling/Therapy is beneficial, but as with any treatment, there are inherent risks. During counseling, you will have discussions about personal issues which may bring to the surface uncomfortable emotions such as anger, guilt, and sadness. As a Christian, and a Pastoral Counselor, I believe that we are never ‘alone’ during this process. The Divine is always present to us and desiring that we experience healing, restoration, new life and wholeness.
I believe that therapy is a unique and highly individual experience. The outcome of therapy will greatly depend on the motivation and effort you bring to the therapeutic setting.
The benefits of counseling can far outweigh any discomfort encountered during the process, however. Some of the possible benefits are:
Of course no counselor can guarantee these benefits. It is my desire, however, to work with you to attain your personal goals for counseling.
The length of therapy will vary among clients. Therapy can be as brief as 8 to 16 weeks or as long as 2 years depending on the underlying issues the client (s) wish to address. Change normally occurs gradually over a period of time.
"Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It's important because it's the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you "my beloved daughter," "my beloved son," "my beloved child." To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being." - Henri J. Nouwen