Practicing Since: 2013
As a counselor, Alex uses an integrative model, incorporating psychological research and practice into the framework of Christian doctrines, principles, and Scripture. His goal is to first, empathetically join in the client’s journey and assess each client’s symptoms within the context of his or her unique history, personality, and with respect to his or her understanding of God’s calling for their lives. From this mutually trusting relationship, the client and counselor can seek effective solutions that will bring about spiritual, mental, relational, development and growth for God’s glory.
Counseling is a powerful intellectual, relational, and spiritual tool, designed to cultivate and facilitate varying degrees of change, growth, and/or renewal. Counseling is most effective within the context of a trusting relationship whereby the client and counselor collaboratively develop therapeutic goals, which generally address different aspects of health, wellbeing, and daily functioning. From this mutually trusting relationship, physically and emotionally safe environment, the client and counselor can seek effective solutions that will bring about spiritual, mental, relational, development and growth for God’s glory. As Christians, counseling is a tool that the Holy Spirit can use to enhance our sanctification and in so doing, strengthen our faith in and reliance upon Christ as our greatest hope, our most faithful resource, and our eternal love. Faithfully following Christ does not inoculate us from pain and suffering of this world as we read in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”. Instead we all experience the reality of suffering and at times we can benefit from the support of a trained professional to help us cope, recover, and grow. Therefore, counseling also serves as a refuge where clients can safely develop strategies and skills to effectively discipline our minds and hearts to walk in truth, persevere in faith, and conform to the image of Christ (Romans 12:12). In Romans 3:3-5 we read, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Finally, we trust that counseling can be a means by which we join God working in and through the therapeutic relationship, as He ministers to those who are hurting, wandering, and grieving and as a result can be reminded of God’s truth and find peace, comfort, joy, and hope beyond what this world offers. When our trials and triumphs are viewed from the lens of God as our creator, sustainer, redeemer, and Lord, we discover an enduring hope in the midst of our suffering and can rest in the truth that we are not alone, but rather intimately and eternally connected and loved by God.
Alex is licensed in the state of North Carolina #1727.