About Soul Revival

Purple Flower

 

How We Understand Mental Health

 

At Soul Revival Christian Counseling we believe that healing from life's troubles is a largely spiritual process. We see the world from the authority and 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 world. Our mission is to provide holistic counsel from a Christian worldview, and to effectively merge our clinical knowledge of neuroscience, mental health, trauma and grief alongside faith. We believe that when we live life in accordance with the plan God has for our lives, 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

Our Beliefs:

  • Biblical wisdom is our one true guide to a meaningful and renewed life.

  • Trauma alters us in spiritual, neurological, physiological, and psychological ways. 

  • Secular Psychology alone is insufficient. It offers many helpful tools but misses the mark on holistically understanding the human condition, which we can only fully make sense of through our divine creator. 

  • Spiritual warfare shows up in our everyday lives as Christians which makes the mind, emotions and behaviors a target.  

  • Unprocessed grief and trauma blocks you from your true essence which grows a callous over your heart, and can deeply impact your sense of connection, esteem, purpose, and meaning in life.

  • Your soul is unique, has a predetermined purpose, is worthy and loved beyond measure, and is inherently able to recover.

Why Christian Counseling?

Mental Health is Spiritual Health

1. We have a God Shaped Hole inside all of us.

We are divinely wired to seek our creator. According to scripture, as well as the personal experience of millions of people around the world, we have an emptiness inside that cannot be filled with anything of this world. We will spend our lives searching for it in success, achievements, material items, people, the self, circumstances, false idols, and riches, until we realize that none of these things provide permanent change 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. While secular psychology informs and helps us in many ways, it is insufficient at articulating the spiritual nature of who we are because human beings are incapable of defining the terms of our existence. Therefore, in Christian Counseling we are committed to the authority of God rather than the sole wisdom of man.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet

no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 

“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.”

John 4:14

2. God knows what we need. 

Suffering can be redeemed and transformed through the Holy Spirit. When a person is "born again" in Christ, a new version of ourselves is born and in development. This is a deeply spiritual process which directly impacts our mental state, and changes us from the inside out. 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, according to God's terms, in the ways he knows to be best for our lives.

“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.”

Ephesians 2:10

“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.”

Romans 8:28

"For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace."

Romans 8:6

3. We are eternal spiritual beings living in a broken world. 

Allow this to sink in and to help you understand that mental illness

is a normal response to being separated from God in this life.

 

When we learn the significance of the eternal nature of our lives, the temporal aspects of being human become easier to deal with. Trauma is a psychological response rooted in chronic fear which can lead to painful and deceitful separation from God. In secular psychology, this condition is reduced to being psychological and physiological in nature, but do not be mistaken, trauma, pain and suffering are also spiritual. The very experience of trauma often pulls us away from the concepts of God, faith, and the soul for a reason. Jesus taught us that this world is not run by God, and that spiritual warfare is the reality of this life until we get to our ultimate destination in paradise with Christ. To navigate this life in the meantime, we have to center our lives around the eternal to instill meaning and direction as to why we are here.

"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."

Matthew 7:13-14

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." 

Ephesians 6:11-17

Glass Door

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 into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

Michelle's Education, Training and Experience

I am currently completing a two year intensive training to earn a Master's Diploma in Biblical Counseling through the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Education

Advanced Training and Continued Education

Experience

  • 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

  • I am currently completing a two year intensive training to earn a Master's Diploma in Biblical Counseling 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 

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Intensive Training for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Addiction 

  • Private Practice Owner, 2018-present, specializing in Trauma and Complex PTSD.

  • Addiction Recovery Therapist. All levels of care including:

    • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

    • Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

    • Residential

    • Sober Living

  • 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.

  • Clinical Internships:

    • 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