Q: Lucy, do you have a Scripture that speaks your heart and defines God’s purpose for your life?
A: I do. It’s this: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
The word comfort is used four times. This is no accident. Our God is a God of comfort and compassion. This means a lot to me because I’ve known trouble. Here’s an idea:
Depression. Panic attacks. Sexual abuse. Mentally ill parent. Lived in a broken home. Infertility. Addiction. A history of family alcoholism. A child diagnosed with a birth defect. Recurring negative thoughts. And more.
The best thing is that God comforted me in all my troubles, just as He promises in the verse. Now that I’ve received comfort, I give comfort. He spoke His purpose into my life and called me to counsel hurting Christian women. When I meet women at churches where I speak or visit, I see into their pain and broken hearts.
Q: Lucy, what type of counseling do you provide?
A: I counsel according to the truths of the Bible. It’s sometimes called biblical counseling or pastoral counseling or soul care. As a counselor friend says, biblical counseling is not “here’s two verses and call me in the morning.” It’s comprehensive.
Q: What do you mean by comprehensive?
A: I really get to know the women I counsel – their struggles, their hopes, where they’ve been and where they hope to go. I listen and give clear direction. Homework, too. I also use a Personal Data Inventory. This helps me know many things, including a need for a doctor’s visit.
Q: What’s your stance on medication?
A: I support the use of medication prescribed by a medical doctor. I am not a health care practitioner and thus do not prescribe medications or give medical advice.
Q: Do you meet with your clients only in person?
A: I counsel clients face-to-face and by Skype, which allows me to help hurting women, no matter where they live. I sometimes counsel over the phone or by email. It’s amazing. With the explosion of technology, women who do not have a biblical counselor in their area can still receive hope and healing through Jesus. I’ve met many of my clients through Twitter and Facebook and by word of mouth.
Q: What are the advantages to counseling via Skype?
A: It’s convenient. Clients receive counseling in the comfort of their home. All they need is a computer, monitor and ideally a webcam, which most computers have nowadays. Skype to Skpe calls are also free. This is important in today’s tight economy.
Q: What training do you have?
A: I am a certified biblical counselor through through the Association of Biblical Counselors. A graduate of Western Seminary, Portand, Ore., with a diploma in pastoral care for women, I also have completed courses from the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC). I am not a state-licensed counselor, however, and do not plan to be. See my Beliefs.
Q: Why haven’t you sought state licensure?
A: Two reasons. First, I looked into programs at the university in a neighboring town; I’d have to learn atheistic Freudian concepts and counsel by them. I won’t compromise my religious beliefs. Second, the United States holds the position of “separation of church and state.” My state requires that a person performing a religious function come under a religious adjudicatory body that can attest to that person’s qualifications. In this case my church fulfills this role.
Q: Do you take insurance?
A. No. However, I have set my fee at about half the typical cost of a visit to a psychotherapist. Since insurance companies usually cover mental health visits at 50 percent, my fee is comparable if not lower. See Fees for more details.
Q: If a woman is interested in finding out more, what should she do?
Q: Do you have any other words for hurting Christian women?
A: Get help. Jesus wants to heal you. You may feel alone or full of guilt and shame – maybe you’re scared what people would think if they knew the real you. God knows the real you, and He loves you just as you are.
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus spoke the most amazing and wonderful words. Reading from Isaiah, an Old Testament prophet, he declared, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because he has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).
Then, he rolled up the scroll, sat down, and stated: “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:200). Wow.
Are you poor, imprisoned, disabled, or oppressed by life’s troubles?
Hope has come: JESUS.
I encourage you to read the information on counseling and look over the resources, where I have many articles you may download at no cost. I’ve also begun a community for women who hurt and for the leaders who care for them.