Sometimes we simply need encouragement and support to get us "unstuck" and back on track. E-counseling may be helpful. Please read the following to see if E-Counseling is right for you.
What is E-Counseling? E-counseling is counseling via e-mail. Submit your concern or issue for which you desire supportive Christian counseling.
E-Counseling Services include help for:
What are the benefits of E-Counseling? C.A.R.E. Convenience. With E-counseling you can work at your own pace. There is no need to schedule an appointment and you do not have to leave the comfort of your home. If you live in a remote area, are home-bound, have limited time, or a challenging work schedule--E-counseling may be a viable option for you.
Anonymity. Anonymity offers a sense of safety and control. It decreases the resistance to share or discuss sensitive information that may be difficult to talk about in a face to face counseling session because it evokes unpleasant feelings like fear, shame, and embarrassment. Yet this information is vital for growth, movement, and change.
Reflection. E-counseling affords you the opportunity to take your time to articulate your thoughts, feelings, and emotions and ultimately express them in writing. Many find this process of self-reflection meaningful and helpful. With E-counseling you can refer back to the scriptures and biblical truths, suggestions, and recommendations from previous e-counseling sessions for continued growth, encouragement, and support.
Expectation. Whenever we put our faith and trust in God and his word, we can expect change, growth, renewed hope, even excitement and anticipation that things are going to improve and get better! No matter what the issue is, God is bigger and greater than any challenge we may be facing.
E-Counseling is not appropriate for everyone
E-Counseling is supportive counseling. It is not intensive psychotherapy and cannot replace traditional talk therapy.
It is not suitable for treating or diagnosing mental illness.
E-Counseling is not appropriate if you are in crisis, experiencing symptoms of psychosis (hallucination, delusions, impaired thought processes), or having suicidal/homocidal thoughts contact your local Crisis Center or call 9-1-1.
E-counseling is not appropriate if you are an active substance abuser.
E-counseling is not appropriate if you are under 18 years old.
If, in my professional judgement, e-counseling is not appropriate for you, I will to refer you to a more suitable source of support.
How do I get started?
Submit your question or concern. Be as specific and detailed as possible. Include your history and background information. Use descriptive words and insert emogies (for example :) :( happy/sad) to convey emotions and feelings. Remember, e-counseling does not offer the benefit of eye contact or body language, so your use of descriptive words and detail, detail, detail are so important in outlining a clear picture of the issue you are confronting.
You can also sign up for a free hushmail account by going to hushmail.com. Hushmail is a secure, encrypted e-mail service that protects your privacy and ensures confidentiality. If you prefer to use hushmail, please complete the form below and include your security question and answer.
Be sure to include what you hope to achieve through e-counseling.
Once your e-mail is received, I will carefully and prayerfully review it and respond via e-mail with a comprehensive, biblically-based response--along with scriptures and prayer for your personal meditation within 24 hours
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Lauri earned her Master of Science degree in Christian Counseling from Philadelphia Biblical University (Cairn University) and Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from West Chester University. She has an extensive background in working with various populations including: the chronically mentally ill (outpatient and in-patient settings), the homeless, women (issues germane to women), victims/survivors of abuse, and the elderly. She has also provided in-home/outreach crisis counseling to at risk children, youth, and families.