As a member of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I am passionate about providing mental health services to the LDS community.
There is often a stigma that exists among Church members that if you are seeking mental health counseling, you must not be doing enough. I understand how difficult it is for members of the church to reach out for help and I offer safe, comfortable environment in which can discuss often painful issues without the fear of being judged or criticized.
What are the benefits of choosing LDS counselor?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has unique teachings as well as a unique “culture” that often influences how we experience and face mental and emotional challenges. Having a counselor who shares your faith can provide you with a level of comfort and understanding that allows you to share openly about your values around things like the word of wisdom, pornography, temple covenants, and eternal family relationships.
As with my clients of any religion, our focus will be on your personal beliefs and values rather than my own. While some clients prefer regular discussion in the therapy of how gospel topics interact with their personal challenges, others prefer to keep their religious beliefs and the counseling very separate. While incorporating a client’s faith into the therapy can be beneficial, it is not a necessary part of the process and we will include your beliefs in the counseling only to the degree that you are comfortable with.
“In striving for some peace and understanding in these difficult matters, it is crucial to remember that we are living—and chose to live—in a fallen world where for divine purposes our pursuit of godliness will be tested and tried again and again. Of greatest assurance in God’s plan is that a Savior was promised, a Redeemer, who through our faith in Him would lift us triumphantly over those tests and trials, even though the cost to do so would be unfathomable for both the Father who sent Him and the Son who came. It is only an appreciation of this divine love that will make our own lesser suffering first bearable, then understandable, and finally redemptive.”
– Elder Jeffrey R. Holland