the counseling side of me…

 

MA in Counseling
BA in Biblical Studies
Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies
Certified Right-Step Facilitator
Certified Faith-Based Counselor in the State of Texas

 

 

I have a passion, a calling, an anointing, and a purpose to help people understand God’s ways and how to apply them to their lives…I am a guide, an explorer, a fellow traveler – helping people find paths of peace and healing as they journey through life, piecing the broken places together again, moving out of woundedness and towards a restoration of the heart.

Having the above list of credentials is good, but what really matters to me is what God says…I love this passage from the Old Testament:

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.                                                       Jeremiah 9:23-24

It is most important to me that I know Him better each passing day, and that I bring Him honor and glory walking the path He has prepared for me!

How did all this begin?

Snapshot from the past: I am working in corporate America in the 80′s (picture suit jackets and high heels!)  My job required lots of interaction with other employees.  After our business was done, many would stay and converse, soon sharing troubles or personal matters that had them perplexed.  In the course of conversation, I would share insights and plans of action – and these snippets of advice would work…causing the people to come back to my desk for more!  I started getting the hint that something was going on here!

Fastforward: In the 90′s I pursued the counseling degree that I believed God was leading me into!  The first class touched on so much that I had already written about in my quiet time journal, that I actually used my journal to prepare my homework and papers.  God was making His point!  Professors and fellow students told me I was “a natural”.  I could sense that the work stirred up the Spirit within me – I was clearly pursuing what God had created me for.    And since I am somewhat shy, it was/is very comical that He would fashion me to work with all sorts of persons!

Additionally, people would continue to come to me (as if God was sending them) and even strangers would share personal pain which I could address (that is how God’s anointing works…I have even been talking to people on the phone and they gradually start to share, catch themselves, and apologize for getting into personal issues…I just smile and say, “It’s OK, it’s my anointing. It happens all the time!”)  With this sort of activity continuing, I started my internship midway through my counseling studies and finished my hours before I was finished with my degree!

Today: After being in private practice and on staff at a church, I am now “semi-retired” as we homeschool.  God still sends people!  The internet provides a platform for pursuing this calling that fits into my current season of life.  Here I plan to share practical ways to apply scriptural truth and principles to many of the challenges people face today.  When I work one on one with someone, it is with the goal to guide them in a direction they need to go, to get “unstuck”, or to perhaps help with a small adjustment in the course of action they have taken.  Many times, buried traumatic experiences are what is fueling today’s problems – and traumatic memory is the arena God has specifically called me to…

A good counselor helps the individual manage and move towards solving the presenting problems, gaining some stabilization in everyday life before beginning the delicate process of resolving the effects the original trauma has had on the individual.  And each person has learned to live with their painful experiences in unique ways – requiring a unique path toward healing to be found and followed.  It is my passion to help you find that path for yourself or your loved one…and to be a guide along that healing path.

Blessings! I hope you enjoyed getting to know me and the purpose of this place a little better!
Cindy Fort