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Welcome.

(note:  This is the welcome and info article and it does not change.  Scroll on down for the most recent article addition.)

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 South Spring Baptist Church. 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:

 

You can meet them HERE.

 

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.

Chris

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.

any questions?

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Workshop led by Millie Tanner LPC and the Alethia Counseling Team

How should I help my child overcome their  anxiety? Does my child need to be parented  any differently? When my child feels anxious do I  push them or let them avoid the situations that  make them anxious? Should I be quicker or slower  to let my child experience disappointment? How  am I even supposed to figure all of this out? These  and many other questions will be answered  at Parenting an Anxious Child.

Alethia Counseling, as part of its Navigating  Speaking Series, presents “Parenting Anxious Kids Workshop”. This two hour workshop will take place on May 9th 2017 from 6-8 pm and hosted at South Spring Baptist Campus.

Our introductory session will be led by Lead therapist, Millie Tanner, where she will unfold a model of parenting that addresses the guiding our children’s hearts and how we can help them better understand anxiety.

 

Then we have three breakout sessions to choose from, all with Licensed Professional Counselors, with the aim of equipping you as parents:

  • Allison Cooper and Millie Tanner: Teaching Your Children About Anxiety
  • Josh Berger: When Anxiety Turns Into Anger
  • Keely Burks: Anxiety And Sensory Processing

Call the Alethia Counseling offices to register at 903-561-8955.


Loving the mother of your children conference

Mother’s Day is coming up, an ultimate day of testing for a father. What type of gift will mean the most to my wife this holiday? How do I give her compliments that will mean something to her? How do I parent my children so that know how to treat a women well?

Our purpose as husbands is to love our wives as Christ loved the church.  But in order to embrace being a father and a husband, we need to understand our wives as completely as possible. What does life look like from their perspective? How are even supposed to figure that out?

 

Event details

Just in time for Mother’s day, Alethia Counseling, as part of its Navigating Speaking Series, presents “Loving your Wife well Workshop”. This two hour workshop will take place on April 25th 2017 from 6-8:30 pm and will be hosted at South Spring Baptist Campus.  Our main session will be led by Chris Legg, LPC and Zach Herrin, LPC where they will let you in on some secrets they’ve learned as how to better understand the hearts of the women God has put into our lives.

Next comes the first time ever, Q&A panel of female Licensed Professional Counselors, with the aim of equipping you as husbands with their first hand perspective from women. Allison Cooper LPC, Amy Waters LPC and Molly Moore LPC-Intern will give you their helpful perspective while answering the questions most men have about the women in their lives. You can call the Alethia Counseling offices at 903-561-8955 if you have questions and to RSVP.

 

 

 

 

How should I help my child overcome their anxiety? Does my child need to be parented any differently? When my child feels anxious do I push them or let them avoid the situations that make them anxious? Should I be quicker or slower to let my child experience disappointment? How am I even supposed to figure all of this out? These and many other questions will be answered at How to Parent an Anxious Child.

 

Parenting an anxious child workshop

Alethia Counseling, as part of its Navigating Speaking Series, presents “Parenting Anxious Kids Workshop”. This two hour workshop will take place on May 9th 2017 from 6-8 pm and hosted at South Spring Baptist Campus.  Our short introductory session will be led by Lead therapist, Millie Tanner, LPC where she will unfold a model of parenting that addresses the heart of our kids and how to help them better understand anxiety.

 

Next comes three breakout sessions to choose from, all with Licensed Professional Counselors, with the aim of equipping you as parents. Allison Cooper and Millie Tanner will speak on how to practically help kids with anxiety. Josh Berger will address how anxiety sometimes appears as anger in your child, and Keely Burks will be covering sensory processing issues and how they lead to anxiety.

 

Please call the Alethia Counseling offices to register at 903-561-8955.

 

 

(Don’t want to miss a thing? Let us know when you RSVP that you would like to receive emails about upcoming Alethia events and seminars. 903-561-8955.)

 

 

how to be a father

New workshop by Chris Legg and Zach Herrin

Mother’s Day is coming up, an ultimate day of testing for a father. What type of gift will mean the most to my wife this holiday? How do I give her compliments that will mean something to her? How do I parent my children so that know how to treat a women well?

 

Our purpose as husbands is to love our wives as Christ loved the church.  But in order to embrace being a father and a husband, we need to understand our wives as completely as possible. What does life look like from their perspective? How are even supposed to figure that out?

 

Event details

Just in time for Mother’s day, Alethia Counseling, as part of its Navigating Speaking Series, presents “Loving your Wife well Workshop”. This two hour workshop will take place on April 25th 2017 from 6-8:30 pm and will be hosted at South Spring Baptist Campus.  Our main session will be led by Chris Legg, LPC and Zach Herrin LPC where they will let you in on some secrets they’ve learned as how to better understand the hearts of the women God has put into our lives.

 

Next comes the first time ever, Q&A panel of female Licensed Professional Counselors, with the aim of equipping you as husbands with their first hand perspective from women. Allison Cooper LPC, Amy Waters LPC and Molly Moore LPC-Intern will give you their helpful perspective while answering the questions most men have about the women in their lives. Please call the Alethia Counseling offices at 903-561-8955 if you have questions and to RSVP.


(Don’t want to miss any seminars in the future? Let us know when you RSVP that you would like to receive emails about upcoming Alethia events and seminars. 903-561-8955)

This next Wednesday, November the 9th, FBC and Alethia Family Counseling will host two short seminars for adults – moms, dads, grandparents, teachers and others –

We will be in the Great Room at FBC South Campus (just south of the new loop) at 9:30am (hoping that is convenient for parents who drop off kids at school and can make it then) and again at 6:30 that evening in the same location.

Do not hesitate to reach out to either the church or Alethia.

 

Hello everyone – a few years ago, I was invited to speak at a church about talking to kids about death.  Recently, a child had died in their community, and they wanted tools to talk to their children about it.  Recently, in our community a child was kidnapped and apparently killed.  As Alethia scrambles to get resources to the seminar, you might find this video helpful (there is a part two as well):