Word of LIfe Counseling Center is a non-profit, full service Christian counseling center that provides state licensed Marriage and Family Therapy, a State Licensed Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Clinic, court approved anger management, domestic violence, batterer's intervention, sexual offender treatment programs, parenting classes and life coaching. For more on each individual service or program please use the links on the right side of this page.
With a marriage failure rate around 50%, this is a critical area. Of those who remain married only half of those are happily married. Marriages fall apart due to unresolved offenses. This path of disaffection accounts for many failures. In addition much of the conflict is due to codependency. Fortunately most of these issues can be resolved. Even of those who have had an affair in the marriage around 70% remain married and recover the relationship. Of course, all of this also applies to those cohabiting, which have more than an 80% failure rate.
All families, especially blended families, have some level of conflict. Usually the first step is to set family rules and boundaries. Many times ADHD is also a contributing factor. We have four levels of methods to bring these conflicts under control. We believe that children need to be parented with external conotrol until age 12, then coached to learn self-control until age 18 and then the parent becomes a consultant. Families should be set up to be a "microcosm" of real life so that each lesson learned will apply directly when they become 18 years old. Your counselor will help you take the apropriate actions for each situation.
Drugs and alcohol problems account for many accidents, overdoses, destroyed lives, and early deaths. Addictions are a trap that can not be overcome on your own. Unmet needs lead to medication of emotions which leads to shame and denial and even more unmet needs. For most addicts it takes faith in God, the support of an accepting group, and at least 6 months to a year to recover.
Anger is simply energy to resolve problems but it is many times misused. For those who are very insecure it can be used as a weapon to try to control others to meet needs and escalates to domestic violence. In over 50% of marriages there has been at least one incident of domestic violence. Many of the victims are so controlled they fear to leave the relationship. Even in these cases, through adequately setting boundaries either the person will change or will leave the relationship. Sometimes restraining orders or calling the police is required to stop the violence.
Battering is a pattern of abusive and coercive behavior used to dominate, subjugate, degrade or control an intimate partner or former intimate partner. The courts require an extensive program to identify and bring these abusers under control.
Some feel that sexual addiction is one of the hardest types to overcome. Today due to the availability of internet pornography at the least one-sixth or more of men are addicted. Sexual offenders who are many times those who have sexualy abused children are know to be the very hardest clients to treat and the most in denial. Without treatment over 80% will re-offend.
When children have been taken away as "children in need of care" or involved in divorce conflict many times the parents are required to take parenting classes. The Bible has a lot to say about parenting and we have a very good parenting program. At the most basic level family rules need to be established and boundaries set. Children must be protected from the conflict and from having to choose between parents.
God has called each person to a particular mission in life but most wander in life without direction. Bible-based life coaches help clients find their calling, plan how to achieve it, and support the client in achieving their calling. The major difference between secular and biblical life coaching is that the goal is determined by God and not the individual.
Hundreds of pastors quit every week, churches split, pastors are under enormous stress, their marriages are under pressure from the demands of ministry, and many do not have anyone the can turn to in confidentiality to get help. In addition we provide ministry and life coaching for pastors and mediation to resolve conflict between leadership in their churches. We have experience pioneering and administering churches and understand these issues and care for the body of Christ.
We have helped thousands of clients since Word of Life Counseling Center opened in 1991. In addition to the services and programs listed above we have certain areas of specialty that have been established over the years.