Christian Counseling in Boston, MA
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No matter what your situation, no matter how things in your life might seem, no matter what has happened in your past—you can experience an amazing life.
It might not seem that way right now. If you are in a place of hurt or pain, you are not alone. In fact, we live in times when many people are hurting. Jeremiah 6:14 explained the situation well. It says, "They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, 'Peace, peace.' But there is no peace."
If the Christian faith is a meaningful part of your life, know that Thrive Boston Christian Counseling respects your faith and understands the mental health challenges you may face. We know that faith can bring deep healing in a person’s life and so can counseling.
Common Life Problems
The particular circumstances of what you are going through right now are unique, but many people today are struggling with one (or all) of the following common life problems:
1. Depression: One in 5 people experience depression every year. This is not just "the blues," or feeling down. Depression steals life away from both the persons who struggle with it and their loved ones.
Symptoms of depression can include: sadness, loss of interest in enjoyable activities, weight loss or weight gain, change of appetite, insomnia or excessive sleep, slowed physical movements, agitation, decreased energy or fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, excessive guilt, indecisiveness, an inability to concentrate, and more.
In Boston, depression can be exacerbated by our busy lives, the short summers, and long-dark winters. A family history of depression can also raise people’s risk for the disease—they may have a genetic predisposition. Experiencing a death or loss or conflict can trigger a bout of depression. Anyone who has been victimized by emotional, physical, psychological, or sexual abuse has a higher risk of depression as well.
2. Anxiety: Anxiety is a constant, fearful state accompanied by a feeling of unrest, dread, or worry. Anxiety is aroused by a number of factors: External situations (viewing the news, a fast-paced lifestyle), Physical well-being (lack of sleep, blood sugar), Learning (parents who were highly anxious), and Trauma (situations that caused great pain).
Anxiety symptoms can include:
- Inability to relax
- Tense feelings
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dry mouth
- Increased blood pressure
- Jumpiness or feeling faint
- Excessive perspiring
- Feeling clammy
- Constant anticipation of trouble
- Constant feeling of uneasiness
Women receive more diagnoses of anxiety disorders than men. Other risk factors for anxiety include personality and genetic history. Anxiety disorders may run in families, and people who have more timid dispositions may be at higher risk for an anxiety disorder as well.
There are several anxiety disorders that have particular diagnoses with particular symptoms and treatments, including Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
3. Self-Image: Self-esteem refers to an inner sense of value that gives people resilience from attacks or criticism. Every person has ideas about their self-worth. Having good self-esteem does not mean being proud or having an over-blown ego.
Low self-esteem can cause: feelings of self-hate, believing that one is unworthy or incompetent, a refusal to get close to people, a belief that one does not deserve strong or supportive relationships, refusal to trust others, and an inability to accept oneself as special or unique.
Your self-esteem is in trouble when you allow others to convince you that you are not valuable or significant. Poor self-esteem is often the result of prolonged periods of negative feedback in a person’s life. This results in deep wounds and emotional pain.
4. Relationship Problems: People feel more isolated today than ever before. More than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Communication problems, anger, dependency, jealousy, painful pasts, adultery, and uncertainty about a relationship's future are just a few of the things that can cause serious relational problems.
Dr. John Gottman’s famous work on marriage and divorce identifies four behaviors that mean a couple is often headed toward divorce or breakup: contempt, criticism, stonewalling, and defensiveness. These behaviors are relationship killers, but the good news is that when couples identify them and change their behavior, their relationship can be restored.
Also, today (more than ever) people are finding that they feel completely alone, even in a large city, such as Boston, MA. Mother Teresa once said, “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” Many people can relate to the poverty of loneliness and feeling unloved.
The problem of isolation may grow as people work long hours, move for their careers, or when their social support system moves. A culture focused upon material wealth and entertainment can make the problem worse as well. TV and movies may portray wonderful relationships, but they often leave people more lonely and isolated—they do not promote wonderful relationships in real life. Same with material possessions—things can never replace connections with people.
Get Help Now at Thrive Boston
Do these common life problems sound familiar to you? It is no secret that today, people are hurting. We live in the most affluent times in history of the world, but affluent times does not make our problems go away (and many of us still struggle to make ends meet).
It is often said that today’s generations are the unhappiest who have ever lived. That is a tragedy—too many people suffer with depression, anxiety, self-image, and broken relationships. Too many people hide from their problems, such as addiction, sexual issues, eating disorders, or ADHD.
People often have to choices when they are faced with a hardship: 1. Minimize it and continue with life as normal or 2. Acknowledge it and make necessary—but often difficult—changes.
If you are tired of minimizing problems, if you are ready to face challenges and move passed them, Thrive Boston Christian Counseling may be able to help. Whatever life has thrown at you, most problems grow with time. Addressing them sooner rather than later is usually the best strategy, and no one has to face life’s common problems alone.
The real tragedy is that many people suffer for years without getting help, when change is right there at their finger-tips. They just do not know how to reach out and take it.
How do you find help when you feel like you have hit bottom? How do you heal when the pain seems unbearable? Perhaps life does not look dark, but you still have a thought that you want to experience more happiness—how do you experience a better life—more often, more clearly, than you are right now?
Many people with a deep faith want to pursue counseling but wonder if their faith will be respected. Thrive Boston Christian Counseling welcomes the opportunity to talk about whether we are the right for you, for Christian counseling. Every year, we help hundreds of individuals, couples, and families from Cambridge and Boston who have a deep, abiding faith and who are facing difficult life challenges.
We have helped members of Park Street Church, Boston Vineyard, Cambridge Vineyard, Reunion Church, Faith Fellowship Church, Cambridge Post Baptist Church, Emmanuel Church, Trinity Church, Tremont Street Church, and many, many others. We also help clients from around the country who seek out our expertise by telephone or online counseling.
At Thrive Boston Christian Counseling, we are focused on you, the client. From the first time our clients make a phone call to our office (617) 395-5806, to the first time they arrive for an appointment, throughout their time with us, they are respected and treated with sensitive, professional care.
If you call Thrive Boston Christian Counseling, you will be treated with the respect and care you deserve. At Thrive, you are a person, not a disorder. Not a combination of symptoms—a disorder does not explain or summarize you or your life experience. You are a person, and our goal is to provide individualized care.
We help our clients live better, more engaging, more successful lives (many of our clients are high-achieving, widely respected professionals). And to do that, we look at helping our clients to heal and grow as both an art and a science.
The Thrive Boston Christian Counseling philosophy guides everything we do:
- Clients with depression find more than relief from their pain; they experience happiness.
- Clients with anxiety learn more than how to calm down, they experience peace of mind.
- Clients with relationship problems learn to build and grow meaningful relationships.
- Clients who struggle with guilt and shame learn to forgive themselves, and others.
- Clients with addictions do not just kick the bad habit, they become whole.
Thrive Boston Christian Counseling Respects Your Faith
Many research studies have shown that Christian faith and Christian spirituality helps people overcome difficult life issues. People of faith may live longer, more fulfilling lives. At Thrive Boston Christian Counseling, we believe it is important to be respectful to our clients’ Christian faith and spiritual beliefs.
For clients of the Christian faith, Thrive Boston Christian Counseling currently has Christian counselors specifically trained to integrate Christian faith and beliefs into the counseling process.
Our Christian counselors are Board Certified Professional Christian Counselors, accredited by the International Board of Christian Counselors. Our Christian counselors have also written for publications including Christian Counseling Today Magazine, The Christian Counseling Connection. They have presented at professional Christian counseling conferences offered by the 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors.
In addition, Thrive Boston Christian Counselors have contributed to the authoritative Christian Counseling Textbook—used at Christian universities across the country, Caring for People God's Way.
If you are looking for Christian counseling, you can be rest assured that the Christian counseling offered at Thrive Boston Counseling is Christ-centered and biblically sound. Ready to schedule an appointment with Thrive Boston Christian Counseling? Reach out to us today at (617) 395-5806.