Individual counseling help people work through their story and wounds in a manner that is private and confidential. This allows many people to reach places in their stories they may not otherwise enter into or look at. Over time our clients are encouraged to find a community that is safe where they can begin to share safe parts of their stories so that they can experience love and grace in a wider context.
I believe God uses marriage to give us freedom from wounds in our hearts that we might not be aware of before marriage. Because of this, we do a unique 10 to 12 sessions for premarital sessions. This is where coulee will begin to see the very things that drew them together are often the source of frustration and pain within the context of marriage. Over the 10 or so weeks couples will begin to learn some of their story, some of their wounds and how these things could affect their marriage in the end. This is not intended to fix issues but to help you know what is likely to be the issue after you marry and how to begin to pursue each other's hearts in a deeper way before you reach the alter. Things not covered in this counseling? who takes out the trash, who does the check book, who does the laundry and who is responsible for what chore!
Too, this type of premarital counseling can be done anywhere along the timeline previous to or anytime after engagement. The further away from the wedding day the more time the couple will have to put these new categories into practice.
Christian Counseling in Dallas at Gateway operates as a ministry.
As stated in the premarital section, God uses Christian marriage to help us find freedom from wounds in our hearts that we did not know where there. For example, an angry man might choose a passive wife and a passive woman will choose a powerful man. Something in the arrangement, before marriage, brings each person's heart to rest. However, it is this very thing that God will use to create turmoil in the marriage in order to bring to surface long undealt with issues. The angry man will soon be frustrated with his weak wife who never chooses, asks or longs for anything. She will always feel trapped by his anger and power, so she will remain hidden. Neither person will experience the intended messy intimacy that makes His invitation in marriage so amazing.
The intent with every marital session is not to "fix" a partner but to allow each individual in the marriage the ability to personally grow with Him towards a more sacrificial love for each other.
We are available for corporation or church events, training, relational exercises or team building. Talks in the past have been on homosexuality, pornography addiction, general emotional health, marriage retreats and other topics. Depending on the scope, intent and length of the event there are multiple levels of charges from Pro-Bono to fees related to length. Please feel free to contact us via email or phone to setup a basic informational meeting so we can assess your needs and to see if we fit those needs.