In our desire to treat the whole person, Revive Relationship Therapy also provides faith-based counseling to individuals who wish to integrate faith and therapy.
What makes this therapy “Christian?”
When clients tell us they would like a Christian perspective, this is only the first step. “Christian” means a lot of things -and different things – to different people. We ask questions to find out what “Christian” means to you, how it applies to your life currently, if/where you attend services or mass, and how important your faith is to your daily life. From there, we continue asking questions throughout treatment to prompt critical thinking. Additionally, we may refer to Scriptures, explore Biblical principles, recommend outside readings, and pray with you.
If I come to you, are you going to judge me or “throw the Bible at me?”
No! As Christians, we are not here to judge or condemn you for anything you may have done in the past or are doing in the present. Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” (John 8:7) We are all fallen, sinful humans. We want to come alongside you in your spiritual journey. We will never “throw Bible verses” at you because we believe in gentleness, humility, and above all, love. We also believe in seeing the entire Word of God through the larger lens of God’s ways, patterns, messages, and desires for people, not using specific sentences possibly out-of-context. We are here to help, not heap on the hurt.
What if I’m a non-believer or from another faith tradition or I’m spiritual-but-not-religious? I don’t want someone pushing their beliefs on me.
While our specific training and background is distinctly “Christian,” we believe our number one call is to “love one another” and spread kindness to all people from all nations and faith traditions. No one will be denied treatment due to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or other protected classes.
Furthermore, every client is respected as an individual with unique needs. This means that some people find faith to be a foundational aspect of well-being and wholeness, while others do not. We will get to know what is important to you. If you have questions about God or religion, we will share what we know/believe – and don’t know – just as we would share other knowledge and experiences that may be helpful in your life struggles. If you do not want to explore faith, that’s OK, too! We won’t “tippy toe” around the topic because it is such an important element of healing or wellness to many people, so ignoring it would be akin to ignoring your physical health.
Are you seminary trained? Will you be talking to my pastor?
Rosie Via is not seminary trained, nor is she a pastor. She is a fellow sojourner on the Christian journey. Rosie received her graduate school training at Loyola University Maryland in Pastoral Mental Health Counseling. She was clinically supervised by religious and non-religious mental health professionals. Rosie continued her training specifically addressing the needs of Christians via “Caring for People God’s Way” offered by the American Association of Christian Counselors.
If you want your therapist to speak with your pastor, we will need a signed Release of Information form. Otherwise, confidentiality prevents us from making any disclosures.
What is spiritual direction? Do you provide this service and is it different than Christian counseling?
As quoted by William A. Barry, SJ and William J. Connolly, SJ, Center for Religious Development, Cambridge Massachusetts, “Christian spiritual direction is help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally by communicating with God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.”
Spiritual direction is a voluntary relationship between a person who seeks to grow in the Christian life and a mentor. The mentor is a mature Christian who helps others discern what the Holy Spirit is doing and saying and to act on that discernment while drawing nearer to God through a relationship with Jesus. The focus is on intimacy with God. Participants are led to “hear” the Holy Spirit (the true spiritual director) speaking into their daily lives informing their choices, providing strength in difficulties, and producing peace that cannot otherwise be explained.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:6-7
This service is available upon request at Revive Relationship Therapy & Life Coaching to anyone who seeks it, but we specifically invite and encourage pastors, ministry workers, and faithful lay persons who may be experiencing a dry spell in their spiritual life. Don’t settle for survival. Rather, let’s seek revival…together.