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Counselors Corner
Monday, 08 August 2016 13:41

Fundamental Principles of Counseling

Written by Nancy Thomas


I have been reminded about the TV show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and the kindness, love and safety it modeled. As licensed counselors and faith informed counselors, we hope to provide a safe place to explore our hurts, needs, and disappointments where one will find love, acceptance and compassion informed by the Holy Spirit.

Friday, 01 July 2016 08:25

The Godly Influence of Siblings

Written by Nancy Thomas

 

Today, I am thinking about my sister, Carol, who died after a courageous battle with cancer April 8.  More than 80 of her fellow choir members of Riverchase United Methodist Church lovingly sang in celebration of her life. She was a member for 22 years.

It’s the moms of this nation - single, married, widowed - who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters. You know it’s true, don’t you? You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.  Ann Romney

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 05:22

Temperamental Grief by Olivia Pierce, LPC

Written by Olivia Pierce, LPC

Jeremiah cries out feverishly as he inquires why healing is not occurring amongst his people. 

       

Since my people are crushed, I am crushed, I mourn, and horror grips me.   Is there no balm in Gilead? 

Jeremiah 8:21-22 (NIV)

Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:38

We Are On Holy Ground When Listening to Others

Written by Nancy Thomas

In January, I discussed, Soul Shop, the upcoming suicide prevention training. Now, I am thankful to report that Soul Shop trained more than 150 people in the evening community discussion and the day-long training.  This month, I would like to share some of what we learned at the training from Fe Anam Avis.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 08:42

Practicing Gratitude

Written by Rebecca Rose Morris

Throughout the Bible, Christians are exhorted to be thankful to God.  The concept is mentioned over 150 times in the Bible and 33 times by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament. 

In Acts, after a violent earthquake, the chains on Paul and Silas fell off and the prison doors were opened.  Paul and Silas could have escaped, but remained in prison.  One result indicated by the verse above was that by remaining present, Paul kept the prison guard from taking his own life.  At the time of the Roman Empire, if a prisoner escaped, it was customary to take the life of the guard held responsible.  The guard believed that taking his own life would shorten his shame, suffering and distress.  And so it continues today. 

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:35

The Body of Christ in Our Hurting World

Written by Rebecca Rose Morris

Christmas is upon us.  We busily decorate and shop and cook.  We know we are called by Christ to serve those in need, so we schedule time to stuff Samaritan’s Purse boxes, buy toys for Angel Tree children, and give to the Food Bank.  As we work with our church family and friends to help others, do we recognize that need comes in many forms?  As we pass each other in the halls of church every Sunday morning saying… “Merry Christmas…how are you?”... do we recognize that many of us are hiding our pain as we answer… “I’m fine, Merry Christmas!”

In the field of counseling, one of the most powerful and effective forms of therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. During this kind of therapy, the clinician helps the client examine deep rooted beliefs for validity/truth or utility/usefulness.

 

These beliefs may be so ingrained in identity that they are outside of conscious awareness but subconsciously contribute to everyday reactions and major life decisions. These unexamined beliefs or assumptions can trigger maladaptive emotions, physical sensations, behaviors, communications and finally, unpleasant consequences.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

Pursue Goals Like a Champion

Written by Olivia Pierce

The word goal tends to make us cringe, as initial thoughts include sacrifice and misery.  Building goals from a platform of achievement and satisfaction, however, makes the process seem less daunting and more palatable.  Who better than Paul, an encourager and Champion in Christ, to guide us through goal creation and attainment?  In his pep talks, he uses athletic analogies involving achievement.  In true sports psychology fashion, Paul encourages visualization and mental rehearsal to persevere.  In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, he writes, “run in such a way as to get the prize” instead of “running aimlessly” or “beating the air.”  If you feel like you’re fighting without purpose or spinning your wheels, here are some Paul-inspired tips for building and achieving goals.

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