What services do I offer?

Christian Counseling

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.  

We also provide counseling for..........

                                                                                              Abuse

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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

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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.

Anger issues

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Anger is a natural, instinctive response to threats. Some anger is necessary for our survival.

Anger becomes a problem when you have trouble controlling it, causing you to say or do things you regret.

Behavioral - adolescent, teen, young adult

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There are three stages children experience: Infancy: Trust vs. Mistrust. In the first stage of human development, infants explore the world. They learn if their environment is safe and predictable. Infants need attention and comfort from their parents. It is from parents that they develop their first sense of trust or mistrust.
Early Childhood: Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt. Children start asserting independence. They develop preferences and start making choices. Defiance, tantrums, and stubbornness are common.

Couples Counseling


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You can expect me to be a couples friendly therapist.  That means I value the institute and union of relationships. My commitment to helping couples is demonstrated not only in my compassion, but in my continued training, education, and consultation so that you receive the best services and tools available.

Divorce Counseling

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People often think about going to Couples Counseling when they are trying to save a marriage. However, if you are making the decision to divorce or have already decided, then you can also attend a Couples Counselor to participate in Divorce Counseling.

Intimacy and relational support

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Emotional Intimacy
Being emotionally intimate with a partner means that you can talk to them about your innermost thoughts

Intellectual Intimacy
This includes “exchanging ideas and thoughts about things you think and care about,

Physical Intimacy
Physical intimacy is not the same as sexual intimacy. It’s essentially being affectionate with each other, which can include everything from hugging to holding hands to kissing to cuddling on the couch.

Experiential Intimacy
Couples don’t have to do everything together, but it’s important to share some experiences (without any distraction)

marriage counseling

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Marriage rates supposedly are on the decline. While it’s an oft-repeated statistic that 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce, that number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years. Divorce rates also vary with the partners’ level of education, religious beliefs, and many other factors.

parenting support


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teaching disciplines, how to do time outs, angry children, adhd children, or just  someone for you or your children to listen.

premarital counseling


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can help intimate partners address concerns that arise in the course of their relationship, but premarital counseling can help partners identify areas likely to cause conflict later on—finances, child-rearing methods, career goals, and family dynamics, among others—and either work through these issues in the early stages of the relationship, if possible, or develop a plan to address them in the years to come. research showed couples who had participated in some type of premarital counseling program were 31% less likely to divorce.

Tele-counseling


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Teletherapy improves access to mental healthcare by helping clients overcome barriers to care including scheduling limitations as well as mobility restriction, illness, travel, childcare challenges and transportation difficulties.  Refresh Mental Health has providers working from our various centers who provide telemental health services.


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