Nate's Therapeutic Approach
I believe that God has integrated each person’s body, mind and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23) and that in order to be healthy, we need to acknowledge all three of these areas. Additionally, God created us to be relational beings. He desires for each of us to be in relationship with Himself, others and ourselves. I believe that God gives us emotions in order to help us gauge the health of our relationships.
Although I do not subscribe entirely to one therapy style, my theoretical bent is toward Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which focuses on the connection between a person’s thinking and their behaviors, and Narrative Therapy, which focuses on the story being played out in your life. I belief that no behavior is random. I will work with clients to help them understand the deeper story that could be playing out in their lives. Spiritually for CBT, this involves “taking every thought captive out of obedience to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), believing “your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19) and “letting your light shine…” (Matthew 5:16), all to the glory of God. Spiritually for Narrative Therapy, this involves meeting people in their story just like God meets each person where they are at in their story. God understands your story. God also invites you into authentic relationship with Him as shown in the original sin in which God called out to them to come out of their hiding and reengage the relationship.
My approach to counseling and coaching is to begin by meeting you where you are at, then to walk with you as a brother in Christ to the place of hope that God is calling and directing you to. As Jesus walked with others, he exemplified the balance of grace and truth in His relationships. I desire to do likewise. I will use both my professional training as well as my personal experience with the recovery process to authentically support you. I will focus on listening, encouraging, and challenging you in respectful ways that will point you closer to Christ. The sessions will be tailored to your individual needs and goals. I will help you to learn from the events of the past, deal effectively with the present and move forward into the future. Prayer during sessions is available and encouraged according to your preference.