Beth Murray, Dr. Cath Thorlakson, and Heidi Marchand are women of faith and committed Christians. What does this mean for you as a client? If you do not have a faith orientation, you will still benefit from having a psychologist who is firmly grounded in values, morality and respect for humankind. You can expect your sessions to include basic values of respect, dignity and care.
“What if I’m not sure how ‘Christian’ I want to get in the counselling?”
All therapists at Fresh Hope Counselling are respectful of individual faith background and preference. Having the faith perspective brought into the counselling is at your discretion and request. If you start to get uncomfortable for any reason, just let your Counsellor know.
In other words, why do I need to see a counsellor when I have a relationship with God?
This question could be expanded to, why would I go to a doctor? A mechanic? A lawyer? A dentist? A surgeon? Because God works through people to help us in this life. I go to an Optometrist when my eyesight is blurry. I get eye glasses to wear in order to manage that condition. Yes, God could take care of all these things for us, He is capable! In heaven, we are told there will be no more tears, suffering, death or pain (Revelations 21:4). However, in this lifetime, we are in perishable bodies that fade and wear and break down.
Just as we seek help from professionals for medical concerns, so we ought to seek professional help for mental, emotional and spiritual concerns that impact our everyday lives. God created us to thrive in community and by being inter-dependent with one another. The Bible encourages us to seek wise counsel, share our burdens, encourage one another, and reminds us that ‘plans fail for lack of counsel.’ Proverbs 15:22.