Do you feel that you are living in a way that aligns with your core values? Do you long be a person of strong character who upholds virtue? Throughout life, each of us will face challenges and setbacks that test our strength and these moments can be real opportunities for growth. Being a person of strong character means living by your fundamental values, even in times of trial. Learning what this means can take a lifetime, but our counselors are here to help.
Developing Purpose, Passion and Character
Part of developing a strong character means identifying your values and passions so that you can live with a sense of purpose and meaning. Living with a purpose means having a clear sense of your goals, passions, and desires as well as your strengths and weaknesses. A Christian counselor can help you discern these things by asking probing questions that will help you understand what is most important to you.
Part of personal development involves understanding that we all have a responsibility to care for others in our communities. By learning to tend to other people’s needs, we not only improve our own lives, but we also discover what it means to relate well with others. In other words, developing a generous and compassionate character will have a dramatic and positive impact on your relationships.
Growing in Happiness and Holiness
Our counselors are eager to help you in your journey toward being a person of strong and gracious character full of joy. In Christian counseling, a qualified professional psychotherapist can help you to assess your values, identify areas where growth is desired, and take practical steps toward your personal development. Don’t hold yourself back from being the person you want to be—get in touch today, and set yourself on the path toward becoming your best self!
At Seattle Christian Counseling, we believe that anyone can be a leader and that realizing your leadership potential begins with knowing who you are and what motivates you. Leadership experts agree that character development is an essential aspect of becoming a great leader. People who live according to their values and passions make great leaders because they live with clarity and integrity. They know what they are capable of and they pursue their goals with honesty and transparency.
By Spencer Fox,
Posted June 7th, 2019
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For any parent, raising a child is a lot of work. You have to feed them, clothe them, get them to school, keep them occupied when they get home from school. The list of responsibilities goes on! Amidst all this, like any good parent, you are trying to help them become good, upstanding members of society.
However, at times it seems a sisyphean task to help your kids understand the “whys” and consequences of their actions. As such, we set boundaries, rules, and limits that help to guide children in the way they should act. By they time they are grown and leaving for college, though, most of those rules begin to be shed. How do we get to this point of having responsible, moral children who become responsible, moral adults?
All children go through a developmental process. We can think of the obvious physical development, such as learning to walk, talk, grow, etc. Another realm is their cognitive development, such as the acquisition of words in their vocabulary and their ability to learn new and abstract concepts.
Another element of their psychology would be their moral development. Just as they begin to understand how letters form words and numbers can create math problems, so must they begin to understand that rules and morality exist and they also exist to serve a purpose.
Psychological Development of Children
Before diving into moral development, let’s look more broadly at a theory of psychological development created by psychologist Jean Piaget. He postulated that there
21 Positive Group Activities for Teens this Summer Season
By Maryann Stigen,
Posted May 31st, 2019
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It’s that time of year again – school is out for summer, and you’re wondering how to keep your teenager busy so that they do not spend all of their free time glued to their devices. Thankfully, there is an abundance of group activities for teens that they can participate in!
21 Positive Group Activities for Teens
Learning to invest in the lives and welfare of others, is one of the best uses of time for anyone but especially for a teenager.
Teens can get so caught up in the drama of social circles, striving for perfection in grades, zoning in on things that they are lacking in life, etc. that it provides a really nice reset to those concerns when they devote some time to serving those who are less fortunate.
Is your teen an animal lover? A great way to feel a sense of purpose and contribution to a greater need than themselves is by signing up to volunteer and help out at a local animal shelter. Your local Humane Society will point you in the direction of where to go and how to help:
The American Red Cross has an entire youth section called the Junior Red Cross. Through this organization, teens can organize a blood drive, become educated and ready for disaster relief, or train younger children in home safety.
Think your teen might love it and want to continue helping throughout the year? The
Common Signs of Codependency: What Should You Look For?
By Maryann Stigen,
Posted March 27th, 2019
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Typically, the first sign that indicates a need for me to investigate possible codependency with a client, is when they introduce themselves to me and describe themselves as “a people pleaser.”
As we continue, I tend to find out that these people have very poor boundaries within their interpersonal relationships.
One of the most prominent researchers into codependency, Melody Beattie, describes codependency like this:
“A codependent person is one who has let another person’s behavior affect him or her, and who is obsessed with controlling that person’s behavior.” – Codependent No More, 1992 ed.
Have I lost you with that definition? Stick around and we will elaborate on it later within this article.
Another well known researcher in the area of codependency, Pia Mellody, states that codependents have difficulty in the following areas:
Experiencing inappropriate levels of self-esteem
Setting functional boundaries
Owning and expressing their own reality
Taking care of their adult needs and wants
Experiencing and expressing their reality moderately
Concerning number one above, Mellody goes on to say that “if codependents have any kind of esteem, it is not self-esteem but other-esteem; which is based on external things such as how one looks, how much money they make, who they know, what kind of car they drive, what kind of job they have, how well their children perform, how powerful and important or attractive their spouse is, the degrees they have earned, how well they perform at activities in which others value, etc” (Facing Codependence, p.