Fresno Christian Parents and Community,
Having served as the Guidance Counselor at Fresno Christian for over three years, I have had the unique opportunity of meeting with students on a personal level. I have witnessed firsthand a generation that is bombarded by negative messages and intense pressure to conform to a society that seeks instant gratification through material things. The need to measure up paired with the lack of fulfillment through worldly pleasures leaves teens feeling hopeless and unengaged.
Although our students are surrounded by positive support systems and devoted teaching staff, they are not immune from the effects of depression, low self-worth, negative body image, and anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.” Depression is another major factor, affecting approximately 11 percent of teens 18 years and younger. (National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A).
I do not present these statistics to create panic, but instead to bring about awareness. As a body of believers, I believe it is our duty to come alongside these struggling students through prayer and encouragement. I also believe that the Lord can use the power of Christian counseling to speak truth into the lives of our hurting students and offer healing in a safe and caring environment. For this reason we are partnering with Allison Livermore, practicum student from The Well Community Church Counseling Center, to offer counseling services on the Fresno Christian School campus.
Allison is in her final year at Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary, where she is working toward a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, addictions, and trauma. She approaches therapy by helping individuals recognize maladaptive communication patterns and cognitive distortions, and assists clients in developing coping skills to manage these areas. She encourages spiritual, emotional, and physical health throughout treatment.
If you believe your child would benefit from these services, please contact Michelle Warkentin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Services will begin the week of Oct. 5, 2015, and will continue until the counselor, parent, and student are fully satisfied with the progress or decide to discontinue services. Allison will meet with students for one 50-minute session one time per week at a cost of $40.63 per session. These services are available to all Fresno Christian students grades K-12 on a first come first serve basis.
Guidance Counselor Fresno Christian Schools