How do I schedule my initial appointment?
If you are struggling with symptoms or simply desire to improve an area of your life, counseling may be an excellent start on your path toward healing and healthy relationships. Please feel free to access the contact section of this website or call 307.250.1224 with any questions or to schedule your initial appointment.
What can I expect during the initial appointment?
In many ways, an initial visit to a therapist is no different than a first appointment with a new doctor. An intake packet will need to be completed. We will ask you several questions about your history and current life. This helps us understand how long you have struggled with your current concerns and what factors might have influenced its development. Being open with your thoughts and feelings is very important. You will get the most out of your therapy experience if you are willing to be open regarding your struggles. Finally, I strongly recommend that you take time prior to the session to think about what you want to get out of counseling, so that we can best tailor an approach to fit your needs.
What is Christian counseling?
Christian counseling encourages spiritual growth and emotional healing, while assisting people in developing a closer relationship with God and others. As licensed professionals, we strive to honor the personal beliefs and convictions of every client. Clients choose if and how they would like to incorporate their personal faith or spirituality into counseling. For those clients who do wish to incorporate their faith, sessions will derive their basis from models integrating effective clinical counseling strategies with Biblical truths.
What if I identify with another faith or am non-religious?
As our mission statement explains, we are committed to fully listening to each person with acceptance, dignity and respect, regardless of their belief system. Clients who identify as non-religious or non-spiritual will be respected, welcomed, and comfortable. In addition, clients who identify as Christian, but prefer not to discuss Christian values or include their spirituality in the counseling process, will also feel comfortable.
How does ACC approach the integration of psychology with Biblical truths?
Have you ever felt that expressing your emotion is a sign of weakness or that you do not have enough faith? If so, consider the books of Psalms and Lamentations, which provide excellent examples of God's encouragement for individuals to emote while grieving, processing trauma, struggling with anxiety and a variety of additional emotions. We were designed to express our emotions, not ignore them. There is freedom when we stop attempting to block out our pain and instead hand our wounds over to Christ for healing.
You Are Not Alone!
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 1 in 4 adults experience a mental health disorder in a given year and 1 in 17 Americans live with a serious mental illness. According to the Wyoming Department of Health, suicide is the 5th leading cause of death in our state. In fact, during the 29 years for which the CDC has been collecting national data, Wyoming has recorded the second-highest per capita suicide rate among all states.
The Stigma of Mental Illness
Wyoming is a beautiful and amazing state, filled with majestic mountains, gorgeous sunsets, and a "pick yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality. As a result, we face the challenge of overcoming the stigma that mental illness is a weakness that can be overcome through will power. The National Alliance on Mental Illness defines mental illnesses as medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, daily functioning and ability to relate to others. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.