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Christian Authenticity

I am a Professional Counselor in Castle Rock and Centennial specializing in Christian Counseling and Spiritual Direction Do you ever feel that you never get to BE the real person that is inside of you? You know you are never completely Authentic with yourself or others?  Christian Counseling and Spiritual Direction needs to begin with Authenticity.

Childhood Trauma and Neglect Leads to Adult Stress

I am a professional counselor working in Castle Rock and Centennial helping clients who have experienced Childhood Trauma and Neglect Childhood Trauma Causes a lot of Adult Stress What does it look like?  Childhood trauma, when it happens, does not need a lot of explanation.  What it looks like when the child has not been

Christian Counseling and Authenticity Blog

I am a Professional Counselor in Castle Rock and Centennial specializing in Christian Counseling and Spiritual Direction Do you ever feel that you never get to BE the real person that is inside of you? You know you are never completely Authentic with yourself or others?  Christian Counseling and Spiritual Direction needs to begin with Authenticity.

Families and the New Old Story of how they Work

Family Dynamics of Old Doing Family is hard!  I was thinking about the Bible story of Esau and Jacob from a counseling viewpoint. I thought about how these twins were born and the both parents chose to “like or support and bless” one child over the other.  Jacob was his mom’s favorite as he was

Forgiveness (Part II)

The process of forgiveness toward others often begins with the need to forgive ourselves.  Really, we all need to practice forgiveness toward ourselves.  I believe if we do not forgive ourselves for our mistakes, that same standard will be projected onto others. So, forgive yourself, first. On this journey, I believe we go through the

Forgive Someone?….. Why? ….. NO and Never! (part 1)

I recently had a client who voiced a strong repulsion for the concept of forgiveness.  The client later sent me an excellent article on how forgiveness was simply “bull shit.”  The arguments the author cited explained away several well-known motives for forgiveness; including one that originated from a famous talk show hostess.  I contemplated these arguments and

Christmas Holiday : A-La-Carte of Drama

The holiday season, and in particular the Christmas holiday, can be extremely stressful and even drama producing in families.  In addition to purchasing and wrapping gifts, decorating the home, coordinating schedules for traveling, and making arrangements for the visit, there is the whole family dynamic to be negotiated; sometimes before getting to your destination, but definitely as

Depression…What is it? Do I have it? What do I do about it?

Symptoms of depression cover a broad spectrum from dysthymia (dis-THIE-me-uh) which is chronic, mild, intermittent feelings of depression to more severe forms of clinical depression. The symptoms of dysthymia can include: Low appetite or overeating Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping Tiredness or other physical symptoms Low self-esteem/feelings of inadequacy Trouble concentrating or making decisions Hopelessness

Jahara’s Window and the Walls We Build (part two)

In looking at Jahara’s Window, the next section is: The Blind Self-information you don’t know but others know about you I get acupuncture regularly and it is always amazing to me how she locates the specific places that are SO TENDER!  “I didn’t know I was tender there?” I would tell her.  She knows the

The Walls We Build (part one)

Part One One way to discuss the Walls We Build is through an image known as Johari’s Window.  I want to use that as the starting point for this discussion on Open Self or being All Walled Off because it has some easy to understand categories about self-knowledge or lack of self-knowledge. Our culture promotes