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Centered Life serves
individuals, couples, children and families, as well as congregations,
judicatories, schools and corporations. Each year our clinical staff
provide clients with more than $100,000 in subsidized fee adjustments
Centered Life seeks to help people grow toward greater health and
wholeness. In counseling, clients are encouraged to utilize the
strengths inherent in their personal faith, together with psychological
insights, in their growth & healing process. Our focus in counseling
is upon helping persons understand and act responsibly with regard to
their issues, behavior and circumstances, rather than upon making
judgments or giving prescriptions for life. It is also our focus to help
persons find & use their strength & spirituality to aid them on
Counseling is normally conducted in weekly, 50 minute sessions.
Counseling can last from several sessions to extended periods of time,
depending upon the complexity of problems.
A strict code of confidentiality is observed, as information obtained
in counseling sessions is never shared with third parties without a
client’s permission, unless required by law.
We consult with clergy, churches, church groups, staffs and
businesses. Areas of focus include: career assessment and discernment,
conflict resolution, staff development, team building, process group
facilitation, crisis intervention, congregational transitions and system analysis in applying
Bowenian Family Systems Theory for congregational leaders, stress
management, annual review of past year’s goals and setting goals for
next year, board development and training, mutual ministry review or
evaluation, improving communication between individuals and groups,
problem solving and management, self-assessment prior to a pastoral
search, start-up work with new pastor and board, group discernment in
decision making, promoting healing when there is trauma and grief, and
training programs (such as “Fair fights in church” and dialogical
culture and behavioral covenants.) We offer individual and small group
consultation for clergy seeking support and education. Centered Life is
approved for Veteran’s Benefits through the State Approving Agency.
We provide spiritual direction as a way for individuals and groups to
deepen their walk with God, to help people across transitions and to
help people integrate their faith in their daily lives.
We provide workshops on topics such as addictions, anxiety disorders,
bereavement, blended family, care giving training for laity,
co-dependency, creativity, family systems, inner child, and
spirituality. Preaching, retreats and workshops can be arranged upon