Christine Anderson, MA-level counseling intern
“Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, views about life.” — Carl Rogers
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” — Psalm 46:1
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
I believe in the power of the relationship between a client and therapist. Within the safe secure environment of the therapeutic setting growth and change can take place. My desire is to foster hope and be your support as we embark on your journey together. I provide a safe and non-judgmental setting for you to begin your journey of self-awareness and change. I consider it a privilege to walk with you in your struggles.
My desire as a counselor is to help individuals, couples, and families identify the root of their struggles and develop practical strategies to face them in every day life. I have a great desire to help couples build a strong foundation through pre-marital counseling and help married couples draw on that foundation and manage their particular struggles. I wholeheartedly believe in the alliance of biblical principles and psychological education. I approach every client with a holistic view of their personhood including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs.
Expectations of Therapy
It is stated, “as no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves” (Carl Rogers). I respect the individuality and dignity of each client who walks into my office and do not pretend to fully understand where you come from. Each individual is a complex being with their own history, experiences, family traditions, and culture. My desire is to celebrate those difference, embrace them, and help you find the strength and skills that you already possess. I will also be helping you develop new strengths and skills that you can take home and apply in your daily life.
Together, we will form a plan for the process that you are completely comfortable with. I wish to respect your autonomy in the therapeutic relationship, as you are truly the expert of yourself. We will go at your pace, as there is no rule for how long counseling should last. It will be dependent on your needs, desires, and growth. If it is a desire of yours, spiritual interventions will be a part of your treatment. I believe that the majority of change takes place outside of the the therapy sessions. Therefore, you will most likely be asked to participate in “homework” which will facilitate the work that is being done in the office.
I earned an undergraduate degree in psychology/Christian counseling from Liberty University in 2011. I also earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from Liberty University in 2013, and will be completing my Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in May of 2018. I am currently under the supervision of Vicki Faris (M.A., LPC, Cornerstone Christian Counseling) while I complete my fieldwork for my Masters degree.
I have extensive experience in the business world working in HR and upper management. While I enjoyed my time in the field, I have always felt a calling towards the helping profession in the form of professional counseling. I have a passion and desire to work with those who are struggling and help them find strength. Prior to working at Cornerstone Christian Counseling, I worked as an intern at Crossroads Counseling Associates in Northglenn, CO. During my time there I worked with adults facing many differing issues including relational problems, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and phase of life struggles. I also worked with several teens, as well as couples and families.
My husband and I have been married for 2.5 years and have an amazing 1.5-year-old little boy. My husband is bi-vocational, serving as a student pastor at a local church as well as working a full-time job to support our family. It has been an amazing journey doing ministry as a team. We love working with the youth in our church and helping them develop character and a strong walk with God. My husband is also about half way through seminary, so we are very busy in our house! We are Colorado natives and love to get away and hike in the mountains. We’ve hiked a few 14’ers and have made it a goal to eventually hike them all! In our little free time, we love spending time with family and getting away to enjoy the great outdoors.