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I believe in the power of truth. I also believe in the power of freedom. I am neverendingly impressed at how truth sets us free, and how freedom opens us up to the truth. Though I have some posts that are personal to me, this is my ministry site. I post articles about all kinds of things that are of interest to me… and I also find great joy in answering, or at trying to answer, or at least discussing, questions. Feel free to ask them here.
I am still working on these sites, but the best way to navigate this material is either the tabs at the top of the page – these take you to totally different pages with targeted information. If you are researching me as a personal therapist, click the Counseling/Therapy tab… if you are a man looking for encouragement, ideas and support in life, click on Phalanx… if you are considering me as a speaker, teacher, pastor, or consultant, that information should be available there.
Most of my work hours are spent serving at FBC’s South Campus in Tyler. Check out the amazing ministry there.
I am also the lead therapist at the Alethia Counseling Center in Tyler, Texas… and I love the team of Counselors we have here, so…
I want to introduce you to our team of counselors at the offices:
Millie Tanner, LPC. As a Licensed Professional Counselor I see people who have different backgrounds, struggles, and ways of coping. Pain can come from broken relationships, cold marriages, or the devastation of losing someone we love. In those times a therapist can give encouragement and insight by asking the right questions to lead to a healthier way of living. Through this many find freedom as light is shined on dark places in their lives. www.tannertherapy.com
Zach Herrin, LPC. I have been a counselor in some capacity for the last eight years. To recognize where you are gives you the freedom and choice to leave where you are. Working with men and teens are high on my list, but I also love to help families and couples. The counseling process can be encouraging and discouraging all at the same time but I believe from personal experience it can make all the difference… when we take the first step in asking for help. www.herrincounseling.com
Keely Burks, LPC-intern. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, which means I am qualified to do everything an LPC does, but I receive weekly super-vision from Chris Legg, LPC. My desire is to see marriages healed and parent and child relationships reconciled. I consider myself blessed to come alongside people as they discover the truth of who they are, choosing not to believe the lies they previously subscribed to. www.keelyburkscounseling.com
Amy Waters, LPC -intern. Hebrew wisdom tells us that “in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” The decision to seek counseling is both wise and brave. It is a joy and a privilege to come alongside people in this way. As a LPC intern, I practice under the supervision of Chris Legg, as well. There are few things more rewarding that seeing people get in touch with the truth and be transformed by it. www.amywaterscounseling.com
Nancy Mayer, LPC. “What is my purpose?” Is a question I hear from clients seeking to understand their life journey and questioning what they can do to reach their true potential. As a licensed professional counselor, I am honored to be chosen to take this journey of discovery with my clients. Having a collaborative approach to counseling, gives the client and me an opportunity to grow and learn from one another. www.receivingthegiftcounseling.com
Allison Cooper, LPC-intern: I am an LPC-Intern with experience helping individuals, couples, and families. My Supervisor is Jennifer Brown. I enjoy working as a team with clients to help them gain perspective, insight, and self-confidence when facing challenges. It is my philosophy that through the therapeutic relationship clients can gain strength and find peace.
Josh Berger, LPC-intern: Life is full of storms. The ebbs and flows they bring can leave anyone feeling shipwrecked. My role as a counselor, under the supervision of Chris Legg, is a grounding one: to equip and enable you to see light through the darkness. Together we pursue truth and beauty and lasting freedom. www.bergercounseling.com
If you are interested in scheduling with any of us, call us at 903 561 8955 today!
…If you are more interested in browsing my articles, then your best bet might be the catagories list to the right. If you are interested in me writing an article on a given topic, you can request it in any comments section… I will try to get to it as soon as I can!
I will continue to post all new articles here as well as on the targeted site, so either option should still give you the chance to find what you are looking for.
Typically, my series, sermons and seminars will be found at: Talks
Thanks for stopping in… God Bless you and Keep you.
More Information on my specific Counseling
My style of therapy is generally called “eclectic” which really just means I make use of many different styles and techniques of counseling. I believe that every human life has intrinsic value, including yours. No amount of pain, guilt, shame, regret, resentment, anger, depression, depravity, or brokenness can change that. Every person has a story that is worth hearing, no matter how much hurt, love, purpose, abandonment or normality that life includes or lacks.
A big part of why I believe what I just said is that I am a proclaimed follower of Jesus, The Christ, into Life, death, and Life again. I think life can often feel a lot like a series of life and death patterns. I believe it is hopeful to know that those are a parable of the larger Epic story. I believe in a Creator, and I therefore rationally think the most foundational thing in life is to have a right relationship with our Creator.
It seems reasonable to me that it would be impossible to over-estimate philosophically how important it would be for a created thing to know its creator. After doing decades of research, of the major views on this problem, only Christianity has been able to offer what I consider the most reasonable answers. So, with that understanding, I am a Christian therapist.
However, as a “style” I am not exclusively what is called a “biblical counselor” nor do I offer counseling only for other Christians. Far from it. I agree with the way I was taught: I expose my faith, but am careful not to impose my faith on my clients. It isn’t always an easy integration, but that is my goal. The main way that my faith and philosophy impact my counseling is in regards to truth. I believe in the power of truth to set us free (John 8:31). I think it is vitally important for everyone to be able to acknowledge the truth about their lives – this point is also made in Orwell’s “1984” when it is noted that true freedom begins with the freedom to speak the truth.
Until we can say what we know is true, we are still bound. I make use of reality therapy techniques, Gestalt work, psychotherapy, Jungian archetypes, personality theory, paradoxical work, REBT, transactional analysis, and virtually anything else I come across that works and fits within what I believe is true.
I believe that each human being is so complex and unique that no one therapeutic theory covers everyone. Generally, I talk to people for about 50 minutes in the session, but the real work comes in the hours of integration in-between sessions. I encourage people to deal with the past and not ignore it – to speak the truth about their past. This is not about living in the past. Understanding, speaking and accepting the truth about our past is a work of the present.
I also encourage people to face the present and future honestly. Reality therapy becomes vital when dealing with the present. I think that many more people could really benefit from counseling than get it. It takes a certain level of emotional health to be able to risk coming in. Coming to counseling the first time can be pretty tough, so I applaud anyone strong enough to do it, especially those who are able to come in before they are in stage 4 sickness… Counseling isn’t meant to last forever, so come in with some specific goals and you and I will work together to identify and deal with those and any others that arise.
Final words for this section: beware of coming in for counseling when it is storming and the roof is leaking, and then quitting when the rain quits rather than when the roof is repaired.