Living as a Christian may bring a unique set of challenges.
You might fear speaking your truth or showing your authentic self to others. You may struggle with a heartbreaking loss, a family conflict, or an affair that is too difficult to talk about. Perhaps you can’t forgive yourself for having an unhealthy habit or wonder why painful incidents keep happening to you.
These overwhelming experiences might make you feel ashamed, guilty, and unworthy, like you are letting God, your loved ones, and yourself down. They may make you question your beliefs and everything you hold sacred.
You want to do better. You want to be better. But you are not sure how.
Find grace at the intersection of therapy and faith.
My name is Christian Holmes, and I’m an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) Registration #120391 under the supervision of Mark W. Baker, Ph.D. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MFT19289. I offer Christian counseling to support kids, teens, and adults all over California.
As a Christian, I know what it’s like to struggle with balancing who you are, your beliefs, and actions. My personal and professional experience leads me to see therapy as an opportunity to integrate healing and spiritual growth.
If you are suffering and searching for a therapist who understands your religious journey, I’m here for you. Let’s restore your connection with yourself, your loved ones, and God to actualize the changes you seek.
Ready to work together? Contact me to book a consultation or scroll down to learn more about Christian counseling.
What Is Christian Counseling?
Christian counseling is a type of treatment that blends talk therapy with Christian practices, biblical teachings, and theology concepts.
The purpose is to help Christians and people of faith navigate their spirituality, address challenges, and reach their life goals.
You will meet with a counselor who has the training and knowledge to hold safe and sincere conversations about faith-related issues and other difficulties. They are well-versed in Christianity and consider your spiritual views without criticism.
Is Christian Counseling the Right Fit for Me?
Some people are hesitant about seeing a therapist who doesn’t share their perspective out of fear of being attacked or criticized. As a Christian or person of faith, you might feel more comfortable seeing a counselor “who gets it” and aligns with your values.
Christian counseling is designed for Christians of all backgrounds, regardless of whether you are Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist, or any other Christian denomination.
Typical issues addressed with Christian counseling include:
- Anger problems
- Anxiety and stress
- Faith crisis or spiritual concerns
- Grief and loss
- Issues with your church or church community
- Lack of purpose or meaning
- Relationship, family, or parenting difficulties
- Self-esteem problems
- Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Unhealthy habits or struggles with sinful behaviors
If you or your loved ones are bearing any of these challenges, Christian counseling can help.
Yet, you don’t have to be in crisis to see the benefits of this therapeutic approach. If your faith plays a significant role in your life, a Christian counselor can support you to achieve self-discovery and personal growth.
How Can Christian Counseling Help?
Christian counseling can support you by:
Integrating Your Spiritual Self
You are not a one-sided individual; you are a mix of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that make you unique and whole.
Christian counseling takes a holistic look at yourself. It integrates your faith as it may influence your relationship with your surroundings, what ails you, and what can lead you to heal. Your therapist will help you explore your faith and use it as a guide to examine and overcome your challenges.
Creating a Safe and Non-Judgmental Environment
Feeling condemned and misunderstood may keep you from seeking help, especially when your life experiences and hardships don’t align with your religious beliefs.
Christian counseling provides an open space to embrace and understand your reality without judgment. In fact, it sees this potential misalignment as an opportunity for discovery, expansion, and compassion.
Finding God’s Grace in Therapy
A common misunderstanding is that there is no place for God and religion in therapy and that they may be at odds with each other. Yet, psychology and Christianity are complementary in nature.
Christian counseling welcomes and encourages the values you cherish. You will learn how to integrate your faith into your healing process and see the grace of God come alive as an essential part of your journey.
For example, you and your therapist may read biblical verses, engage in prayer, or practice gratitude to help you navigate adversity.
Christian Counseling With Christian Holmes
I’m an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) Registration #120391 under the supervision of Mark W. Baker, Ph.D. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MFT19289.
I provide Christian counseling for kids, teens, and adults living in Pasadena, Glendale, San Fernando Valley, Beverly Hills, San Gabriel Valley, and their surrounding areas. I also offer individual, couples, and group therapy services.
My approach combines Christian counseling with other modalities such as psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness to prepare a tailored treatment plan.
I’m here to help you develop a healing path that embraces your spiritual essence. With years of experience working as a youth pastor, worship leader, and a degree in theology, I find that incorporating faith into therapy is crucial to seeing your whole self and addressing your needs.
God uses spaces like therapy for us to experience healing and growth.
Let me help you reconnect with your faith, your loved ones, and yourself on your path to wellness.
If you are interested in Christian counseling, contact me to book a consultation.