Life Counseling Center of Marriottsville, Maryland, has its roots as a small counseling ministry of Chapelgate Presbyterian Church. In the past 5 years the counseling ministry has grown significantly. What started as informal counseling offered in whatever rooms the church had available, has now grown to a formal counseling center that staffs 10 counselors and a full-time receptionist. It has been an honor to be a part of the work that the Lord is doing through this ministry.
Besides offering counseling for individuals and families, we are excited to now be presenting workshops and training events. Highlighted below are two of our upcoming events.
Restoring Trust Workshop: September 19-20, 2014
This fall Life Counseling Center is pleased to partner with Regeneration Ministries of Baltimore to provide a workshop called Restoring Trust: Helping Couples Heal. This workshop is designed to help couples heal from the destruction of pornography. With a new porn video created every 39 seconds, the problem of pornography is quietly devastating marriages everywhere. This workshop is not just for couples impacted by pornography, but also for the people who care for them.
It will highlight Josh Glaser of Regeneration Ministries and his wife Jamie as they draw from their own personal experience as well as their collective 20 years of ministry. In addition to Josh and Jamie, Life Counseling Center’s marriage counselors will provide interaction with the material; discussing practical application, engage in interactive conversations, as well as serve on a question/answer panel.
The workshop will be divided into two parts.
- Restoring Trust, Part 1: Earthquake and Triage
When a big earthquake hits, it’s traumatic. The ground under your feet no longer feels trustworthy, the home you’ve lived in has shifted, and there’s damage everywhere. This is what it can feel like when trust is violated through the viewing of pornography. In this session, we’ll discuss the early stages of recovery; including how a couple can set a course to effectively navigate through the damage in order to begin moving toward restoration. We will explore topics such as establishing safe recovery communities and counseling, how and what to disclose, male and female experiences and expectations, establishing boundaries, avoiding co-dependency, and the place of developing a restoration covenant.
- Restoring Trust, Part 2: Learning to Relate through the Rough Stuff
Once the initial cleanup is underway, those who survive an earthquake need to learn to relate in new, healthier ways. Life cannot go back to “normal” because normal was part of the problem that caused the destruction. In this session, we will address how to talk about progress, slips, and relapses, practicing healthy communication, maintaining a support network, moving through the challenges of rebuilding trust, and cultivating a healthy sex life.
We believe this workshop will provide extremely beneficial information to help you or your loved one’s marriage move toward health and wholeness. If you or someone you know would like more information on this workshop, please visit our website Lifecounselingcenter.org.
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands Training: Spring 2015
Last spring, Life Counseling Center presented extensive training to a local church using the material, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, by Paul David Tripp. This practical hands-on training was attended by small group leaders, lay counselors, and also individuals looking to strengthen their relational interaction. Over the course of six weeks our counselors took the material far beyond the pages of the book and included practical application through role playing, case studies, and years of counseling training experience. The response was overwhelmingly positive as these comments note.
- “The anecdotes were great because they provided better understanding through examples which you cannot get from a book.”
- “The material was grounded in the gospel and the reminder of what God calls us to—it was very practical to daily relationships.”
Because of the positive response, we will be offering this training workshop again on select weekends in April and May of 2015. It will be held onsite at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church and will be open to churches in the local area. This is perfect for small group leaders, lay counselors, those considering counseling ministry, or those actively engaged in personal ministry.
If you or your ministry is looking for ways to be better equipped relationally, won’t you consider joining us? For more information about the spring training event you can contact Pam Riley at [email protected].
If you live near or around the Baltimore area, we would love to extend this invitation for you to join either of these two upcoming events. It is our hope that the church would be well prepared to help care for people in all of their sufferings and trials. Please consider joining us. Click HERE for more information.