Struggles, interpersonal conflicts, and even pain often characterize our daily life; yet at our core we believe something very different should be our experience. I am a professional Christian counselor because I am convinced that there is much more to your story, and more meaning to your conflicts and struggles than you know on your own. Such things are discovered and expressed more readily in a relational context that is safe – a time out – a respite from the barrage of the world’s interpretations. This is the relational therapeutic space I provide and invite you to.
The reality and comprehensiveness of what God has done for us in sending His Son is the foundation for the work I do. Therefore, whether working with individuals or couples our work will always be forward-looking, always hopeful for very good reasons. With that as a base, we have the freedom:
I commend your boldness in pursuing treatment. Your continued pursuit and honesty in our sessions together will greatly enhance the effectiveness of your therapy.
Member of The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
Please don’t hesitate to give me a call and come in for a risk free session. I do look forward to meeting you and would be honored to be part of your healing journey.
Please don’t hesitate to give me a call and come in for a risk-free initial session.
I do look forward to meeting you and would be honored to be part of your healing journey.
Barney’s training in counseling began with a BA in Psychology followed by a Master’s in Science from Stanford University; he went on to get a BA in Theology, and lastly a Master’s in Counseling and certificate in Spiritual Direction from Mars Hill Graduate School (now Seattle School of Theology and Psychology).
He has had significant cross-cultural experience having served as a missionary in four different countries. He has also worked with teens and young adults for over twenty-five years, and has a heart to help young people make sense of a life of faith, in a world that prompts confusing emotions. Barney has been married for twenty-four years which greatly adds to his clinical understanding of the benefits of marriage counseling and the work required to see change happen.
Barney has been to three countries on short term missions with YWAM. He and his wife spent almost four years in Japan doing missionary work and teaching ESL. Barney has taught in Christian secondary schools for thirteen years. He is very committed to his local church and has served through teaching and in a variety of other ways throughout the years.
Barney works from a Trinitarian and Incarnational theological perspective. His passion for counseling emanates from a fundamental belief that the Gospel is far more comprehensive and provides far more than we have estimated. The unveiling of this, the revealing of the mystery of marriage, and the rising up of the work of grace in your individual life have trajectory and direction – it is his privilege to participate in the process with you.
Barney has a wife and three children (two teenagers and one adopted little guy). In his spare time he likes to play piano, explore the writings of Christian sages and mystics of the past, write poetry, and ride his motorcycle. Barney places a high value on Christian community and meets regularly with others to pray and share Christian literature and ideas.
Anxiety, depression, emotional disruption, relational conflicts, bereavement, addictions, personal growth.
If you embrace the truths of the Bible, having a Christian trained therapist can be a real key to development in your life. Stress, hopelessness, conflicts, anger, or entrapments (addictions) are often signs of old structures passing away and new things struggling to emerge, yet we become weary in chasing our tail trying to rebuild old places we were comfortable with at one time. My purpose is to make a safe place for you to share all of the dismay and struggle of the old, and yet to also sit with you and speculate with you in uncovering the new things that you are being led to.
Marriage is both a great adventure and a mystery (Eph. 5:32). An adventure which challenges you to be more in your self than you have ever had to be. A mystery because your marriage is not only sacred, but has more direction and design than we fully know. Marriage runs pretty well for a while on intuition and natural reflexes. But being enlisted in this mystery there come times, by design, where the dynamics are not intuitive, where natural reasonings are not insightful enough. As a Christian trained therapist I work together with you to enter into the weightiness and intentionality of your marriage. In that environment we can afford to bring mildly to very difficult things to the table. The result is more than simply resolving immediate conflicts but also an embracing of a solidly hopeful trajectory and a strengthening of each of you.
Pre-marriage and engagement is by design a heady and exciting season of your lives together. So, it is also a time when we overlook the kinds of issues that will impact us later in our married lives together. Pre-marital counseling is a luxury to your marriage — a time to impartially examine your strengths and weaknesses, your commonalities and differences, your goals and plans in a venue that is risk-free and orchestrated by a professional.
You are entering both a great adventure and a mystery (Eph. 5:32) — pack well for the trip!
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At the outset I knew I needed someone to get me on track – emotionally and spiritually. I was reluctant to see a male counselor only because I hadn’t had good experiences in the past. Barney blew away all of my preconceived ideas about counseling with a male therapist. He was extremely sensitive to what was going on with me and gently prodded the real issues that needed to be addressed.
I would highly recommend him to anyone.
My husband and I worked with Barney Armstrong. We had never tried counseling before. We found it to be profoundly helpful both individually and as a couple. It helped shape the way we communicate and solve issues. I would recommend that anyone wanting to improve communication and/or connect deeper with their spouse give it a try!
I often quote the things you said in our sessions, both to (my spouse) and to myself as we go along. It was a wonderful season of counseling, and the balance of my life will be better for having spent the time with you.
….I can look back and see real progress in both of us.
The good news is that I am no longer enslaved to my wild reactions and (my spouse’s) controlling manipulation of me.
Thanks for all your help - God has given you a ton of wisdom, and I'm glad you are using it to help some of His broken people find their way through life.
Sessions: I offer 53-minute or 45-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals and Couples looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at (206) 701-9144 or email@example.com.
Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) a majority of insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover individuals and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.