Christina M. Schultz, MA
Resident in Counseling
Supervised by Megan A. Ellis, LPC
Thriving Families Counseling, LLC

Christian Counseling

As a graduate in Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a practicing Christian personally experienced with two Christian faith practices (Greek Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism), I feel it is important to be able to address and assess Christian clients' spiritual and religious concerns, development, strengths, coping strategies, and any potential barriers.  

If you request Christian-based counseling, my goal as your counselor, who is oriented in Existential Therapy and Faith-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), is to help you assess and build you ability to accept internal and external suffering, improve your present moment awareness and reduce avoidance, and emphasize commited action to Christ-centered principles and values.  We will blend Christian spiritual practices that resonate for you into the therapy process, as sources of resilience, healing, acceptance, and motivation for change.

These Christian-Based ACT approaches ultimately focus on your development of meaning, acceptance, and motivation to heal and grow. 

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When is Christian-Based Therapy Particularly Important for Christian Clients?

Christian-Based therapy, which emphasizes Christian faith, practices, values, and acceptance for what one cannot control and understand in our limited finite being, is particularly helpful for the bereaved, depressed, anxious, and conflicted couples who may struggle with their faith, lost dreams, grief, and creating and redefining new meanings post-loss.
Christian Faith-Based Therapy is useful and effective for clients who participate in a particular Christian orientation and face any struggle in their individual lives, their relationship, and other life roles. There are circumstances in which many adults struggle with shame, the loss of hope, the loss of meaning, that may occur in prolonged, traumatic, and/or extraordinary suffering experienced and witnessed.

These situations, in particular, challenge our faith, our constructs about God's role in our lives and in suffering, and may pull us away and/or pull us into shame.  The need for Pastoral-based counseling support, which incorporates a client's core belief and religious/spiritual coping system, becomes more important.

I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.

― St. Teresa of Calcutta

Christ has not only spoken to us by his life
but has also spoken for us by his death.
-Soren Kierkegaard