Personal and Professional Creed
Throughout history and culture, there are many ideas regarding God…Who He is, what He stands for, how we approach Him. These varied ideas have been the catalyst for war, division, strife, as well as the impetus for personal growth, development, and healing. I would imagine this one God, in the form of a Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, would view the division in beliefs and thoughts regarding His nature with humble contemplation. This contemplation begs the question, “Why the division? Why the strife? The answers have been provided. God’s perfect, Holy Word exists and invites all nations, all cultures, all ages to delve in to understand and to know Him.” The Father sent His Son as the Savior of the entire world. The Father provided the Holy Spirit to live within us and work through us. He has provided all that we need. God created a space in which we can speak with Him directly, in which we can sense His presence, feel His work in us and through us. He made that space personal, comfortable, familiar, peaceful, and complete. We only have to choose to join Him, to talk with Him as our loving Father and Friend, and to experience the intimacy of a relationship that is perfect.
This is God’s plan. Yet, sin entered the world, and in so doing, the flawless connection with God was broken by human error. To the depths of our soul, our entire being cries out constantly for this perfect intimacy with our Father to be restored. He is always willing, yet our sin, resulting guilt, and errant searching for intimacy and personal validation through modalities other than God lead us away from Him. God’s arms are still open regardless of our broken paths. Healing of our soul wounds begins with receiving God’s continual love and acceptance despite our harmful choices and then pursuing repentance. This repentance involves a conscious turning from the things that draw us away from God and a turning towards the things that foster the relationship with God.
In working with clients, my role in this healing journey is to join in the process as I am allowed and invited. Intentional acceptance and non-judgment is the foundation that I lay to aid in honest client disclosure. As the groundwork for acceptance of the individual is prepared, my hope is that the client feels safe enough to self-evaluate and to understand their deeply rooted needs and wounds. My hope is that the client is able to experience acknowledgment of their barriers to healing and that through my support and guidance, they can develop the courage to remove the inhibitions and replace them with supports. For my clients who are believers in God, the most crucial part of their journey towards healing is reconciliation of their relationship with God and redemption. Through their recognition of their need for close relationship with God and identification of factors that inhibit that relationship, my hope is that I can serve as a medium through which God might work to speak to individuals and as Psalm 51:10 states, to: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (NIV).
I am ever mindful of Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (NIV). How many times throughout the course of our lives do we feel as if we simply cannot endure the next moment? On our own accord, we tend to grow "weary". Merriam-Webster (2010) defines "weary" as "exhausted in strength, endurance, vigor, or freshness" and "having one's patience, tolerance, or pleasure exhausted". I believe that God's calling on my life is to help lift up those who are "weary", remind them of God's undying love for them, and help to uncover Satan's blinders over their lives so that they might claim Isaiah 40:31 and place their hope in our Savior. Through hope and healing, I believe that everyone can live a life of strength and have a mind controlled by the Spirit which is life and peace (Romans 8:6, NIV).
My vision for affecting the culture in which I reside is to demonstrate courage and wisdom in facing difficult issues in therapy and helping people to be authentic in their struggles and healing. Helping to bring the reality of individual struggles to light, especially in Christian circles where people tend to be comfortable wearing their “masks”, can aid in depth of healing and growth. I want for people to know that I will not be surprised nor ashamed by their admissions, as I see transparency as central to their healing and subsequent redemption as they forgive themselves and receive grace to truly grow.