All of our previous relationships have both the power and potential to influence our current behavior. The wounds created from any one of these relationships, such as fear, depression, anxiety, and shame, can determine our present thoughts and emotions, regardless of whether we consciously acknowledge their existence. Ironically, it is only through relationships that we can also receive healing through acceptance, support, and love. The difference between harmful and helpful relationships is the difference between dishonesty and truth, selfishness and sacrifice, indifference and vulnerability. The key to any healthy relationship rests in reciprocity: a mutual connection that cultivates intimacy and acceptance by removing shame and anxiety, producing a secure sense of comfort and authenticity.
Are you ready to take the first step to experiencing the freedom found in healthy relationships? If so, I want to work with you to help you overcome the trauma of your past in order to deepen your current and future relationships so you can live your life to the fullest. I will walk with you as a guide,
helping you to resolve previous grief and discover new methods of affective communication to develop your relationship skills. I strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you can be genuinely known, understood, and valued so that, together, we can eliminate unhealthy coping strategies and uproot negative core beliefs, affirming positive ones in their place.
“When I first met with Steve for counseling I didn't have a clue just how bad my situation was. All I knew was that I had hit rock bottom in my life and couldn't just tough it out anymore on my own. I needed help. Steve was very gentle, and he helped me sort through all of the emotions of shame, guilt, pain, and loneliness that I had suppressed through pornography use. Now with his help, I can manage my emotions the way Christ has intended me to. I thank God everyday for Steve and his guidance to help me get through the worst time in my life.” -S.R.
“Suffering is inevitable, but suffering alone is intolerable.”