Each of us has been made for a specific purpose in this life, although many of us find ourselves in circumstances that make this purpose unclear and difficult to find. It is often very hard to understand it all as we live it, but in hindsight, the picture can become clearer. Therefore, we can aid you in becoming the best possible version of yourself by providing hope and healing for you and your circumstance.
The counselors at Holy Family Counseling Center can help you achieve the highest level of healing, incorporating a holistic view of the person (body, mind and spirit) that is grounded in a deep understanding and respect for the dignity of the human person as a creation of God.
It is our hope that you will find a haven with one of us to help you through the journey of your healing.
“The glory of God is man fully alive.” ~ St. Irenaeus of Lyons
Does your relationship feel stuck? Is your relationship with a loved one not as good as it used to be? We can help you thrive in your relationship. Relationships can be very complex, so we are here to help you grow as a couple by understanding each other and working together.
In addition to finding individual healing and well-being, many of us desire healing within our personal relationships, especially marriage. We can help you to uncover ways in which you can get to know yourself and your spouse more deeply, more compassionately, and with deeper love.
When chronic or serious hurt has been present in the marriage, it is a wound to the bond with which God holds the two together. We often want quick fixes and find it hard to believe that suffering is a part of love. Therapy is helpful in reducing suffering and helping you as a couple find ways to eliminate a large part of the suffering through the incorporation of new coping methods, making changes in couple dynamics, communication, and ways of loving. In therapy, you will learn to discern ways of loving that you’ve either forgotten or never knew. You will be aided in gaining insight into both yourself and your spouse, empowering you to strengthen your bond and once again find pleasure in your relationship.
To accomplish this, there will be individual sessions, couple sessions and possibly even family sessions – all according to your specific needs and issues. Every relationship has the stages of honeymoon and disillusionment, but those blessed relationships that agree to move to the working stage can achieve acceptance (not settling) and intimacy, that amazing sense of loving, belonging, trusting which is the good which God created us to achieve. Though this is hard earned, the joy of the end result is its own reward.
“Marriage is your own project for the world.” ~ Saint Pope John Paul II
“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.”~ Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
“He gives strength to the weary, He strengthens the powerless. Youths grow tired and weary, the young stumble and fall, but those who hope in Yahweh will regain their strength, they will sprout wings like eagles, though they run they will not grow weary, though they walk they will never tire.” ~ Isaiah 40:29-31.
“Being in therapy is about finding hope and having someone to go with you through the hard times while offering a road map for the most success.” ~ Sandra H. McKay, BSN, M.Ed., LMFT
“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” ~ Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman
Clergy and Religious
The counselors at Holy Family Counseling Center share a Catholic worldview with clergy. We are available to all clergy, seminarians, deacons, consecrated and other servants of the church.
Programs available For Parishes, Schools & Community Groups:
- Anxiety and Stress in the Family
- Grief and Loss
- How to Love Your Teenager
- How to Improve Communication with your Spouse
- How to Improve Communication within your Family
- Internet and Social Media Issues
- Marriage Enrichment Programs with Catholic Anthropology and the newest research in psychology
- Pornography: Latest research and its effects on the family
- Parenting Your Young Adult
- Surviving a Secular Society with Moral Values
- Theology of the Body for Teens and Adults
- Teen Specific Issues
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish”. – John Quincy Adams
Are your spouse or friends complaining about your short temper? Are you breaking out in outbursts more than normal? Most angry behaviors are not a healthy release as many believe. Numerous research studies show that “venting” anger actually increases it in most people. Anger is not an uncontrollable “animal instinct” as many believe. Acting angrily is simply an unhealthy habit which can be broken through the use of knowledge and discipline.The therapists at Holy Family Counseling Center guide clients in learning how to regulate one’s anger and express it in healthy ways.
“Anger is only one letter short of danger.”~Footprints in Heart by Eleanor Roosevelt
Is anxiety interfering with your life? Do you wish you knew how to make it go away? We can help ease the anxiety that is keeping you from feeling strong and healthy. Everyone experiences some anxiety in life, but at times it begins to take over. Anxiety can include feelings of fear and dread. Sometimes a person knows what their triggers are and sometimes they are unsure of the cause of their anxiety. Anxiety can result in panic attacks, trouble sleeping, shortness of breath, and/or excessive worry. The therapists at Holy Family Counseling Center can provide you with new tools and strategies to relieve you of anxiety.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13
“For I know the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”~Jeremiah 29:11-13
“Children are the greatest gift God gives us.”~Blessed Mother Teresa
I’m not o.k. unless you’re o.k.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”- Deuteronomy 31:8
“The love that family members have for each other is the chief wealth of every home.” – Author Unknown
Grief and Loss
“Listen and let it penetrate your heart…do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation. Am I not here who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?”~ Our Lady of Guadalupe
“Your conscience can’t keep you from doing wrong, it just keeps you from enjoying it.”~Attributed to Winston Churchill
“Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me, but in me and I in Him.”~Saint Francis de Sales
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all selfishness… It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”~C.S. Lewis
“The fault of children are not always imputed to the parents, especially when they have instructed them and given good example. Our Lord in his wondrous providence allows children to break the hearts of devout fathers and mothers. The decisions that your children have made do not make you a failure in God’s eyes. Commend your children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the end of each decade say to her, with these beads bind my children to your Immaculate Heart. She will attend to their souls.”~Saint Louise de Marillac
“Your wedding lasts a day, but your marriage lasts a lifetime.” The Church encourages couples to invest time and energy into the all-important work of preparing for their married life together.~ Theology of the Body
“It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially.”~Saint Francis de Sales
“Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.”~2 Corinthians 5:17
“Out of the Shadow of the Web”~Patrick Carnes
Social Media Issues
Are they really your friends? Every digital picture on social media is encrypted with a GPS location.
Got stress? We all do! It’s how well you handle it that affects your health positively or negatively. Our therapists are able to help you find ways to decrease your stress levels. Simply talking through your struggles with a therapist can be a relief. We can help you to find better ways to handle stress enabling you to add to your toolbox of coping skills.
Stress is an emotional, physiological, and adaptive response to stimuli in the environment. Although some stress serves as highly beneficial to human functioning and efficiency, it can also be damaging to our health if it occurs frequently and over an extended period of time. Chronic stress can negatively affect all of the body’s organs and systems. Repeatedly undergoing the fight or flight response, for instance, contributes to greater wear and tear on artery walls, consequently increasing the risk of a heart attack. Chronic stress can also lead to memory loss, decreased immunity to viruses, and increased inflammation. The therapists at Holy Family Counseling Center want to help you improve your health by helping you discover new ways to reduce and manage your stress.
Growing up is hard.
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”~C.S. Lewis
This program will help your teen celebrate her God-given strengths and uniqueness, develop more confidence, learn how to manage stress and anxiety as well as learn about true friendship and how to have better relationships.