Many Christians are not comfortable getting help for emotional issues from a "secular" counselor because they do not share the same worldview. As a Chaplain/Counselor I offer patients mental health care from a biblical perspective. Many of my patients have been blessed when I prayed with them and addressed issues from a practical biblical standpoint. It is my heart's desire for each of my patients to receive Christ-centered care at Breaking The Links.
Tele-counseling (Whether you are housebound for physical or psychological reasons, are a busy professional who has little time, or you live so far from Grand Rapids that driving to your appointment is not in your budget, Tele-Counseling offers improved access to care, continuity of care and convenience for your mental health needs. Using a laptop or PC from the comfort of your own home or private office, Breaking the links Ministry allows you to have a video-conferencing appointment with me over the internet. While there is no cost for this service, it also saves you gas money, travel time, wear and tear on your vehicle, and from having to sit in a reception area with strangers before your appointment. If you should travel out of town or move, internet access allows me to remain available when you have the need.
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Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner. Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case! Abuse comes in many forms—it’s not just physical. Explore the tabs below to learn a few of the common types of abuse so you can better identify them. Experiencing even one or two of these warning signs in a relationship is a red flag that abuse may be present. Remember, each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind.
Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. They keep using alcohol or a drug even when they know it will cause problems. Yet a number of effective treatments are available and people can recover from addiction and lead normal, productive lives.