Darlene Casey, MA, LPC, BC-TMH

It can be difficult to take the first step of locating and scheduling an appointment with a counselor. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment that allows you to talk about your struggles without undue apprehension.

Sometimes we can become stuck in destructive or nonproductive patterns of behavior which can hinder our ability to view ourselves and the world in an objective, balanced manner.  For the Christian, this presents even greater challenges, as quoted by Paul in Romans 7:15- "For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do"(NKJV).  

Christians who experience chronic emotional distress or functional difficulties oftentimes struggle with thought processes that are not based on Scripture, but rather, stem from self-imposed or worldly values. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment modality and, when established from a biblical perspective, is effective in being able to overcome these challenges and to foster a sense of purpose and growth. 

The goal of CBT is to identify, challenge, and replace faulty assumptions or beliefs that promote unhealthy emotional, physical, and/or behavioral outcomes.  Although the development of CBT in the 1960's was based on a generic, universal theory, the need for the renewal of one's mind was addressed in Romans 12:2- "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (NKJV). Consider also 2 Corinthians 10:5 and Philippians 4:8, regarding the believer's responsibility in the ongoing scrutiny of thought processes:  "casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5, NKJV); "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things" (Philippians 4:8, NKJV). 

Identifying and implementing new skills or patterns of relating to oneself or others is also an important part of the process. I seek to work with the whole person over the course of therapy, to include and incorporate one's spirituality, thoughts and emotions, and overall physical well-being, which are interconnected.