AVENUES FOR GROWTH

Events

Five Oaks Counseling will be sponsoring events on topics related to mental health, marriage and family, and faith integration during the year ahead.  More information on these events will be announced soon!  In the meantime, contact me at fiveoakscounseling@gmail.com to receive regular updates on this and other developments.

Speaking

Five Oaks Counseling provides excellent training and teaching on topics related to mental health, marriage and family, and faith integration.  I am equipped to speak to large groups and small groups, local churches and parachurch ministries, community-based organizations, and other groups in need of these resources. Contact fiveoakscounseling@gmail.com to inquire about booking a speaking event. Possible topics include:

  • The Faces of Mental Illness; The CDC and Prevention report that half of all adults will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime. This means that someone you know is living with mental illness. How to raise awareness and offer hope in your ministry context.

  • Coming Alongside; Our Biblical calling to offer ongoing support and counsel to those among us. A practice in listening and asking good questions as well as how to know when to refer.

  • Toxic Life; Life and work are creating stressors that are taking a toll on individuals and families. How to address the mental health issues caused by stress in your ministry communities.

  • Parenting; It’s not just about tips of trade. Parenting involves knowing your unique child.

  • Marriage; Are you stuck? Get out of the cycle and move on to connectedness and intimacy.

  • Grief; Losing someone is one of the most difficult of live’s experiences. Recognize what you are going through and find tools to help.

  • Shame; Adulting, authenticity, vulnerability. Learn where you are stuck, the neurology of it and how to walk free from shame.

Consultation

Consultations are available to congregations and other ministries seeking education and/or resources to appropriately minister to members who may be experiencing behavioral healthcare or relationship issues.

Publications

Five Oaks Counseling offers a monthly newsletter that includes topical reflections on integrative Christian counseling, practical community-focused resources on topics of mental health and marriage and family, and other points of interest.  Contact fiveoakscounseling@gmail.com to join the mailing list.

Book Suggestions

Marriage

  • Boundaries in Marriage - Cloud

  • Five Love Languages - Chapman

  • Hold Me Tight - Johnson

  • Intimacy and Desire - Snarch

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work - Gottman

Healing

  • The Soul of Shame - Thompson

  • The Wounded Heart - Allender

  • Intimate Deception - Keffer

  • The Emotionally Destructive Marriage - Vernick

Growth

  • Daring Greatly - Brown

  • The Road Back to You - Cron

  • God in My Everything - Shigematsu

  • Thanks for the Feedback - Stone and Heen

Healthy Relationships

  • Co-dependent No More - Beatty

  • Parenting with Love and Logic - Cline and Fay

  • Safe People -Cloud and Townsend

  • Boundaries - Cloud

Helpful phone numbers

  • National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255

  • King County Crisis Clinic: 1-866-427-4747 (1-866-4-CRISIS)