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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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 18.1% of adults in the United States are affected by an anxiety disorder of some kind – that’s about 40 million people. However, when allowing for errors in misdiagnosis or those who do not seek treatment for anxiety, this estimate rises quite a bit, to approximately 30% of Americans in the United States being affected by an anxiety disorder.
These numbers are already quite astounding, but when we look at the research conducted by Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), we see that over the past decade, 54% of those with reported anxiety are women, while 46% are men. Thus, we can conclude that this is a massive issue that is plaguing Americans in general, but for whatever reason, we are seeing that the issue is perhaps affecting women on a greater scale than it is men.
An eastern philosopher is credited with a saying that I believe holds a great deal of wisdom – “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the moment.” – Unknown (widely thought to be Lao Tzu)
Obviously, there are multiple causes for depression in people, and biological concerns may play a huge part in that. However, when we find ourselves in a depressed mood because of the content of our thoughts, we...Read More
“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly – that still hurts when the weather gets cold. But you learn to dance with the limp.” – Anne Lamott
I am writing about one of life’s most uncomfortable and difficult topics to discuss – grief. This topic is so much more poignant and sensitive to the touch for me right now, as I have been walking through some personal grief recently that happens to be associated directly with this line of work that I have been called to do.
I must admit, as a counselor, grief is one of the toughest topics for me to grapple with when I am sitting across from you and you’re in the midst of heartbreak and loss. Your world has just been forever changed; the reality that you have been accustomed to is now forever different.
As someone whose job it is to sit with you and share in this heartache, I find that no matter how many skills or tools, or how much knowledge or education I have for you during this time, I am still as human as you are, with...Read More
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