KaRIS COUNSELING

Christian Counseling & EMDR

©2017 BY KARIS COUNSELING LLC

ATHENS| WATKINSVILLE| GA

Christian Counseling

Evidence-based, soul healing work that builds on Christian faith

I believe that healing is soul work. The most powerful way I know to work is to connect research, Biblical wisdom and practical application. I do my best work when I can utilize evidenced-based methods (what research shows works and things that have been proven to help others), biological facts ( It’s been shown over and over again that just thinking about something can cause your brain to release chemical messengers that allow it to communicate with parts of itself and your nervous system*), and lean on Biblical wisdom. 

 

This combination of research/science, Biblical wisdom and practical application enables me to learn from science and draw hope for healing from my faith. Christian faith shapes how I understand pain, relationships, and ultimately gives me hope for healing and restoration. Being trained in both theology and psychotherapy enables me to confidently integrate a Christian worldview and faith-based interventions into the counseling process, while observing best practices. This is exciting to me because I can offer you empathy, relief, and help guide you towards soul healing that happens in the gospel.

As a seminary trained pastor's kid who has lived overseas, I have personal experiences and professional training that allows me to work with people who have abuse or neglect in their history, especially those that have suffered abuse by church leaders or authority figures. I am able to provide counseling services in Portuguese as well as serve women in leadership, campus ministry, and missions.

This is really important: If you are not a Christian, or do not want spirituality in your counseling, I'm glad you are here. I respect clients of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds and I am honored to walk along side my clients and include as much or as little spiritual/faith-based work as they choose. 

There is a wide range of what people mean by Christian and Counseling. I thought it would be helpful to you if I shared some of what I mean by Christian Counseling. Here are some ways that I DO and do NOT work:  

  • Im not trying to be your pastor, preacher or minister. My work is about giving you permission to bring all of you, body, mind, and soul to the counseling room without any fear that faith discussions are off the table.  We can include as much (if any) faith, prayer and theology as you choose. 

  • I do not focus on prayer ministry or healing prayer.  If you are looking for a prayer ministry, there are great options, but its not my focus. Some clients request prayer during our session and I am happy to do that if/ when you choose. 

  • Shame is not healing.  As a Christian,  I believe that we are all made in God's Image and as image bearers, all humans have deep worth and are wired for love, connection and belonging. I want my clients to experience a compassionate, safe, and caring environment where they can do ANY work they choose. Even offer a safe place to unpack doubts and hurts surrounding their faith. 

  • Its really not about converting people. I will respect you, regardless of your faith, social and cultural background, race and sexual orientation. You are human and deserve to treated with respect and professionalism. You don't have to be a Christian for us to work together; however, most of my clients identify as Christians and are seeking their faith to be incorporated in the counseling process.  

*Sentence from Debbie Hampton's article entitled "How thoughts change brain cells and genes"