About Soul Revival
How We Understand Mental Health
At Soul Revival Christian Counseling we believe that healing from life's troubles is largely a spiritual process. We see the world from the truth of scripture which we believe to be the roadmap of the soul that leads to mental wellness, spiritual transformation, and freedom from the darkness of a fallen and perishing world.
Our mission is to provide holistic counsel, addressing all aspects of your humanity including mind, body and soul, from a Christian worldview. We aim to effectively merge our clinical knowledge of neuroscience, mental health, trauma and grief alongside the spiritual fruits of faith. We believe that when we live life in accordance with the design God intended for us, and we dedicate ourselves to growing in relationship with Christ, our mental health (super) naturally flourishes as a result.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."
2 Corinthians 5:17
Psychology, Faith and Healing
We believe that Faith and Psychology are complimentary. Trauma alters us in spiritual, neurological, physiological, and psychological ways which is why Christian Counseling is the most holistic form of therapy to address your needs. Neuroscience and psychology give us a deeper look into God's design of the human brain, nervous system and psyche, where our spirituality clarifies our eternal nature, purpose, existential meaning, and direction for a life well-lived. The two must co-exist when we are talking about mental wellness.
God created you with the ability to overcome, endure, and persevere through any challenge in this life. And while we know that your soul is redeemed, your human nature is fundamentally broken. It's often the vulnerable state of the mind and body that struggle to cope with and adjust to the wounds of our temporary home. As Children of God, your mind requires renewal and freedom from the chains of this world. Your body requires healing, nourishment, and rest. Your soul needs revival.
Why Christian Counseling?
Mental Health is Spiritual Health
We have a God-Shaped Hole inside all of us.
We are divinely wired to seek our creator. According to scripture, we have an emptiness inside that cannot be filled with anything of this world. We will spend our lives searching for it in all of the wrong places until we realize that none of these things provide permanent or clear answers to our suffering. Christian Counseling leans heavily on the transformative nature of Jesus and His profound teachings, the spiritual nature of the human experience, and how it all impacts our mental health.
"He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet
no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the
water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will
become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Our creator knows what we need.
Suffering can be redeemed and transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit. I have witnessed the supernatural fruits in my own life, as well as the lives of loved ones and clients. When a person is born again in Christ, a new version of ourselves is birthed and in development. This is a deeply spiritual process which directly impacts our mental state, and changes us from the inside out. This is a lifelong conversion and sanctification of our souls. In secular counseling, it is on you and you alone to change, to cope, and to derive meaning from your pain. In Christian Counseling, self is no longer the authority, and we are freed from needing to figure this life out alone. Instead, we learn to live a life lead by the Spirit, on God's terms, in the ways He knows to be best for us.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we
can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love
God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
"For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace."
We are eternal spiritual beings living in a deeply broken world.
Allow this to really sink in. Mental illness is unfortunately a common and painful response to being separated from God in this life. Our modern world is designed to keep us sick, distracted, unfulfilled, and isolated which only exacerbates suffering, depression, and anxiety. Living out the significance of our eternal nature and our true purpose for existence helps ease the pain of the temporal aspects of being human. This world is not our home, and frankly, is not our friend. Struggle in this world is real and makes complete sense.
In secular psychology, mental health concerns are reduced to being only psychological and physiological in nature, but do not be mistaken; trauma, pain and suffering are also very much spiritual conditions. In my experience, trauma often pulls people away from God and faith. Pain tends to confuse the heart and allows for strongholds to develop which strains our walk with the Lord. Jesus taught us that this world is not ruled by God, and that spiritual warfare is the basis of our reality. To navigate this life in the meantime, we have to center our lives around the eternal to cultivate and foster meaning, direction, hope and faith, which is truly a constant battle.
Lastly, Christianity is referred to as a "counter culture" and offers a completely different worldview. Therefore, seeking a sound Christian therapist who understands and respects your beliefs, values, morals, and worldview is necessary.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads
to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that
leads to life, and only a few find it."
"We know that we are from God, and that the whole world lies within the power of the evil one."
1 John 5:19
"The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."
1 John 4:4
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness and into his wonderful light."
1 Peter 2:9
Michelle's Education, Training and Experience
Advanced Training and Continued Education
Master's (M.Ed) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Texas Tech University Graduate School
Bachelor's in Community, Family and Addiction Services, focus in Addictive Disorders and Recovery - Texas Tech University
Biblical Counseling Training through the American Association of Christian Counselors
Somatic and Attachment-Focused EMDR (Eye-Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) Basic Training
Advanced EMDR Training for Complex Trauma and Dissociative Personality Structures
Somatic Psychology Training
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Intensive Training for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Addiction
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Training
Private Practice, 2019-present, specializing in Trauma, Complex PTSD and Addiction Recovery.
Addiction Recovery Therapist. All levels of care including:
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
Psychiatric Social Work for Inpatient Mental Health Hospitalization.
Community Mental Health Services, Clinical Coordinator for Adult Behavioral Health Department
Crisis Intervention for a Residential Domestic Violence Shelter serving Women and Children.
Community Mental Health Agency and Psychiatric Hospital, provided in-home therapy, coping skills training, crisis stabilization, and level of care transition to and from hospital.
Adoption Agency Intern
Assistance in the school system with children suffering from learning disabilities and behavioral issues, elementary - middle school age