Think for a moment about what you dreamed for yourself as a young girl, and how that dream has developed over time. Now think about where you are today – is this what you hoped for? Are you satisfied in your career and relationships? Would you like to see your life change for the better? If you are a woman who who wants more from life, help is available. Christian counseling offers women a great place to process their concerns and desires, and to seek new solutions to old problems.
Women face a variety of pressures, challenges, and conflicts in their search for fulfillment and happiness. Many women today struggle with cultural expectations, questions of identity, or mental and emotional -health concerns such as depression and anxiety. Women recovering from abuse, eating disorders, or trauma can carry particularly deep emotional scars. But for all women, healing is always possible: one of the best ways to process and overcome your unique struggles is to speak openly with a qualified counselor.
Sadly, the standards of ‘femininity’ in our oversexed, superficial culture can put enormous pressure on women to change themselves rather than to harness their natural gifts. Learning who you are in relationships with others and in your wider cultural context can empower you to know yourself better and to trust your own strengths and abilities. Forming healthy relationships with family, friends, and co-workers form an essential part of a woman’s personal development, and together we can support one another in growth and healing.
Learning to live as a woman of God is a process that requires strength and discernment. How can you reflect the light and love of Christ at work, at home, and in your relationship with others? How can you be a role model for the next generation of Christian women? At Seattle Christian Counseling, we believe in empowering women to become Godly leaders. Our counselors are excited to help you discern how your gifts, strengths, and abilities can be used to further the kingdom of God.
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the more well-known disorders, made popular, among many other portrayals, by Jack Nicholson in the movie “As Good as it Gets” as Melvin Udall, a misanthropic author with OCD. If you’ve seen the movie, you may recall Melvin turning the lock repeatedly after closing his front door.
As with all mental disorders, it is important not to self-diagnose based on information we have gathered from pop culture or the internet. OCD can cover a broad range of behaviors and thought patterns, and it is perhaps best evaluated in the context of how disruptive or distressing it is in your life. If you are concerned you have any mental disorder, see a mental health professional and get a diagnosis.
The DSM-V Manual defines obsessions as (1) “recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and unwanted, and that in most individuals cause marked anxiety or distress,” and (2) “The individual attempts to ignore or suppress such thoughts, urges, or images, or to neutralize them with some other thought or action (i.e., by performing a compulsion).”
The manual goes on to define compulsions as:
1. “Repetitive behaviors (e.g., hand washing, ordering, checking) or mental acts (e.g., praying, counting, repeating words silently) that the individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession or according to rules that...Read More
In my experience, some of the most common things that bring people into my office are symptoms of depression. However, often people are not quite able to articulate them as such.
Colloquially, we use “depressed” to mean sad. While sadness is a symptom of depression – often the biggest and most salient – it is not the only one. Further, there are many different types of depression that can manifest in different ways.
My goal here is to walk you through some different types and symptoms of depression so that you might piece together a better idea of what is afflicting you. Next, I hope that I can convince you to help seek out treatment by not only giving you options but addressing how these options work towards building recovery for you.
The first broad type of depression to look at is Major Depressive Disorder. Major Depressive Disorder is generally what is being referred to when people say “clinical depression.” When somebody comes into my office indicating they are feeling sad or depressed, this is what my brain is looking at.
More than just a sadness, Major Depressive Disorder indicates that something called a Major Depressive Episode has occurred. This might seem redundant, but I will explain why the distinction exists later. The hallmark symptoms of a major depressive episode include either a depressed mood, or a lack of interest in pleasure, and...Read More
If you’re reading this, you are likely wondering if either you or someone you know is struggling with sex addiction symptoms. In fact, you may still be a skeptic concerning the idea that sexual addiction is even a real thing; if so, I understand that. After all, God created us to be sexual beings with the purpose of us procreating – so how can we possibly do too much of that?
I’m glad you (hypothetically) asked. Perhaps if I phrase this question in a different way, it may illuminate the topic in a different light for you:
If you or someone you know engages in the consumption of alcohol to the extent that it could potentially lead to negative legal, relational, occupational, physical, emotional, or financial consequences – and thoughts of how to obtain that next drink were at the forefront of one’s mind more often than not – wouldn’t we agree that this person may in fact be struggling with an addiction to alcohol?
One might be able to exchange alcohol in this scenario with a drug of choice, or even another behavior of choice such as gambling, to further understand the concept of addiction.
You see, when we have an addiction to something (regardless of what it is) – we get a “fix” of sorts, when it moves from a thought of wanting that thing – to a behavior of actually acquiring or using that thing. Our...Read More