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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. Millie is an LPC, and has been doing work here for about a while already and was with Women of Grace before that. She is truly realistic, strong and compassionate. Her experience shows as she does an excellent job and inspires great confidence in her clients. She is especially gifted at marriage counseling, in my humble (but accurate) opinion. (http://www.tannertherapy.com/)
Zach Herrin, LPC. Zach is a great counselor and is especially good with engaging with people through the lense of being someone loved deeply by God. He has a special gift at developing rapport with young men and their families. I think his masculine and biblically strong style of counseling will connect well with men. (www.herrincounseling.com)
Keely Burks, LPCI. Keely is an LPC intern, which means that she has finished her Master’s Degree, and now has to complete 3000 hours of what is essentially a residency under a an LPC supervisor. She did some of her practicum work here and did a fantastic job, and offers play therapy too! (http://www.keelyburkscounseling.com/)
Amy Waters, LPCI. Amy is also working on her intern hours… This means she has completed her Masters and has joined us full time! She is gifted and has close to a decade of experience helping students and families after her years as a Pine Cove Family Camp Conference Director. She has an amazing talent for seeing as God sees and helping people do the same. You need to schedule time with her… it is a healthy decision for anyone. ( www.amywaterscounseling.com)
Nancy Mayer, LPC. Nancy is our newest addition. Nancy is just opening up multiple hours at our office. She has many years of experience as a chaplain and as a counselor! She works with couples, individuals and is especially gifted at working with people struggling with traumatic experiences they have faced or are facing.
If you are interested in scheduling with any of us, call us at 903 561 8955
…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.