“the Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
- Rachel graduated from an accredited Master of Science Counseling Psychology Program at a Christian school where she studied many therapeutic models developed by people with a variety of worldviews. She has taken classes in biblical theology, worldview, and philosophy and was in the honors program in the Religion Departments at Florida State University with a thesis on the East African Revival. She completed her BA in Classical Studies at the University of Florida and attended classes at Reformed Theological Seminary.
It is a person’s own decision and choice to bring this aspect of counseling into the session. We work as
Christians in many modalities and different settings including with general theories and practices that are not particularly “Christian” but help people to find healing and to thrive. We believe God is love and strive to listen well and help everyone in ways that they can receive. We are disciples of Jesus Christ and believe God desires patience, love, and respect from us in the counseling relationship regardless of any differences of opinion, practice, or belief. We maintain our faith while working with people of many different religious convictions.
We come from a Biblical Christian worldview and with our approach to philosophy integrate this with counseling models prayerfully. From working in churches and in para-church ministries we have many resources to facilitate spiritual growth and development through bringing prayer, scriptures, and biblical principles into the counseling process. We both are trained in and use Theophostic Prayer as appropriate. This is an evidenced based therapy that has been researched and is a form of healing prayer.
Faith in Jesus Christ can facilitate growth and healing of unhealthy patterns of emotion, thought, and behavior. Our relationship with God and others is broken because of sin and we experience pain. When we repent and receive forgiveness in Jesus Christ’s death as payment for our debt of sin our relationship with God is restored and we can also find healing. This is something experienced not only directly from God’s comfort of the Holy Spirit and words in the Bible, but can be found in relationship with a Christian counselor, with a friend, and in a community of people who understand Jesus Christ’s forgiveness and extend that love.
Rachel also does 'Christain Life Coaching.' She gathers her approach to coaching from Life Coach and Psychologist Gary Collins.
Rachel has been a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and attended their conference.
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