A new journey, so what is the point of Koinonia counseling center? How do you even say the name? What does the name even mean? Ah, is that Greek or something? Okay, so I did not plan on starting up a new counseling center, but it is God’s plan to keep me moving forward with certain colleagues and this is our endeavor together. We are not sure of all the details yet, but we are trusting in God as we go along.
Now, back to the name. Koinonia (pronounced: koi·no·ni·a /ˌkoinəˈnēə/) is a Greek word that means “Christian fellowship or body of believers”. This is how I feel about my fellow colleagues and the time in my life. I know that change is always happening even if I do not see it immediately, but this time in my life is a season of new beginnings. I recently graduated grad school with my master’s degree in professional counseling (NOW CACREP), allowed myself the grace of setting my mother up in a nursing home, my husband and I are becoming members of our church (eek!!) and now I am working with a dear friend to start a counseling center. All of this has been made possible by uniting with the body of Christ and surrounding myself with like minded believers.
HALT! I know if you are reading this and perhaps not a Christian (yeah, welcome) you may be turned off by our counseling center. Please wait just a little bit before turning away. Why you might ask, because I want to share my views on mental health. I want to share about my brand as you may have seen on my blog (On the Wrong Foot). I have fallen in love with the world of mental health, so much so that I plan on getting my doctoral degree in counseling (a few years down the road). I write about relationships, family and parenting, spiritual health and other mental health issues because I believe the mental health permeates throughout our life. This is what we believe at Koinonia Counseling Center and our mission as counselors is to make mental health a normal part of life and bring quality, loving and honest mental health care to our community. There is NO way to get away from the struggles of the mind because the brain is our most powerful organ. Funny aspect about that is that we are not even aware of everything our brain can do. How can we not take mental health seriously especially when we are just on the brink of learning a quarter of what our brains can do? Anger, anxiety, addiction, depression, disassociation, bi polar disorder, obsessive compulsiveness, PTSD, sadness and all the other host of issues related to the mind should be taken seriously and I may be a graduate of a Christian university, but that does not mean that I am here to shove my faith down your throat. I know, it’s a vivid reference, but what I want you to know is that we are here to listen with patience and kindness. We do have your best interest at heart and that includes the whole person. I do want to learn about all your beliefs just as I want to learn about your past and family relationships in order to give you the best care possible.
Our Mission Statement
Koinonia Counseling Center assists people in providing mental and spiritual healing through the means of professional psychotherapy. Our firm identity as Christians will always be implicitly shown through our actions and decorum. The explicit use of scripture, prayer, etc. will be used in session upon the verbal consent of our clients as the ethics of our professions demand.