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How We Understand Mental Health

 

Our mission at Soul Revival is to provide truly holistic counsel by addressing all aspects of your humanity including mind, body and soul, from a traditional Christian worldview, and merged with clinical psychology. We aim to effectively combine our traditional training, experience, and knowledge of neuroscience, psychology, mental health, and trauma 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 can (super) naturally flourish as a result. We also believe in the concept of faith and reason - meaning that we can logically conclude that the human body often needs additional tools for healing alongside our faith. God created science and divinely revealed it to us for our benefit. We would not decline medical intervention for a ruptured organ in the same way we should not decline psychological help for our mind and nervous system.

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 holistic mental wellness. We are spiritual beings, but we were also made with a temporal nature - our physical body.

 

God created us with the ability to overcome, endure, and persevere through any challenge in this life. And while we know that the soul is redeemed, the human nature is fundamentally broken and at war with our flesh. The battleground for the soul begins in the mind. Therefore, it is usually the vulnerable state of the mind and body that struggle to cope with and adjust to the challenges of our temporary home. When it comes to healing as Children of God, your mind requires renewal and freedom from the chains of this world. Your body requires protection, nourishment, and rest.  Your soul needs revival.

"We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain."

Hebrews 6:19

   Therapeutic Modalities   

At Soul Revival our primary focus is on a holistic therapy experience.
Our expertise with trauma includes utilizing the following therapeutic tools which address spiritual, physiological, neurological, and psychological impacts of PTSD and Trauma. 

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Faith-Based Christian Counseling

My primary orientation is a Christian worldview in which we will focus on how faith intersects with mental wellness and trauma recovery. Upholding the fidelity of the Gospels in my practice is a value that I cherish and emphasize in the healing process, as the one who created us knows exactly what we need to attain holistic wellness. 

Somatic and Attachment-Focused EMDR

Eye-Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is a widely used technique for processing trauma by utilizing bi-lateral stimulation to resolve emotional disturbances. Similarly, the body's autonomic process of REM sleep (random eye movement) helps the body integrate and process information from our day. EMDR helps bring the body's natural cycle of processing information into a waking state to help the brain reorganize traumatic (unprocessed) memories that otherwise have difficulty being resolved in our sleep each night. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

(ACT)

ACT is an empirically based therapy which uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies alongside commitment and behavior-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. ACT additionally reduce trauma symptoms of psychological rigidity in order to decrease suffering, and to increase an enriching and meaningful life, driven and informed by our deepest core values.

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Cognitive Behavioral

(CBT and DBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most widely researched and evidence based model of therapy. It has a wide capacity for helping us "renew our minds" and to create a healthier relationship with our thoughts and subsequent emotional and behavioral experiences. DBT is a derivative of CBT and focuses specifically on skills to help with distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.

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Somatic

Psychology

Somatic Psychology works directly with the nervous systems response to trauma, helps create bodily safety and resources for regulating, and completes activation cycles which result from trauma.

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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."

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

 

  • Our Creator knows what we need

Suffering can be redeemed and transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit. 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.”

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

  • 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 and our mindset 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."

Matthew 7:13-14

"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

Cracked Ground

 

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves

those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:18

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