We live in an imperfect world
Because we live in a fallen world, we will go through hardships and obstacles. Sometimes being a Christian and having emotional or relationship issues can be confusing. Some of us were taught that we need to just “pray more” or “read more scripture” and the problem will go away. Some of us feel shameful that we have problems in our life–that we are somehow not faithful enough, too sinful, or ignored by God.
Counseling can help
Everyone needs guidance from time to time. Relationships and day to day life can be complex. Sometimes the Bible does not give clear answers to our questions. Sometimes because we are stuck, we can’t see the healing and restoration that God has for us. Sometimes we need someone who can point us in His direction for healing and comfort.
Jesus himself had disciples, and scripture talks about having people to help guide us through life. A Christian counselor can help you find clarity and make decisions that will align with your faith.
Counseling is a safe, confidential place for you to share whatever you are going through–without judgment. You will never be judged or labled a sinner.
I have counseled hundreds of people from all walks of life in the San Jose area over the last 17 years. From CEOs to murderers, I have been able to provide a non-judgmental space for people to process and heal.
Will you judge me?
You will not be judged in therapy. I understand that everyone has a story and a journey that God has allowed us to go through. I applaud those who are willing to come forward and be open and honest, and have a desire to change. My approach is affirming and strengths-based. It is directed towards helping people change, not making them feel shameful.
My partner is not a Christian. Can you still see us?
Yes, of course.
I already share with my pastor and my small group. Why do I need a therapist?
If you feel comfortable sharing with your pastor and small group, that is great. However, there may be some circumstances where a therapist may be helpful. For example, if you are going through a crisis and you need more support than they have the time or energy to give, therapy can be helpful. Another instance where therapy is helpful is when you are dealing with something that maybe your small group has never experienced and you are feeling like you need someone who understands mental health.
I liken therapy to seeing a doctor vs using home remedies. If you have a common cold, home remedies may be sufficient. However, if the illness becomes more serious than you or your loved ones know how to handle, a professional may be helpful.
I am passionate about my faith. I am a former youth minister, ministering to over 100 youth and families–counseling, teaching, training. I am also a pastor’s wife and heavily involved in the church. Being a Christian is not just something I “do” on Sundays–it’s a part of my everyday life, and what I build my life on.
I meet people where they are at, and love them for who they are. I don’t see myself as someone who needs to change others–I believe that’s God’s job. My job is to love people and show them the path to wholeness and healing. I don’t push doctrine or religiosity. The gospel has enough power to change people in itself.
I have a vast experience in the “secular” world–with drug addicts, Veterans with PTSD, and abuse victims, to stay-at-home moms, overachieving teens, and stressed out Google employees. I read the research (I have done research), I keep up to date with the literature, I attend conferences and make sure that my therapy is grounded in best practices.
Jesus said, “I have come that they may life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). My hope is that you would be able to experience abundantly what God has in store for you.