Featured Service: Christian Mental Health Counseling & Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling

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Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling is the foundation from which Faithfully Guided Health Center was built. Co-Founder Jamie Schofield, M.A. spearheads a team of qualified licensed clinical pastoral and Christian mental health counseling professionals who provide Christian marriage counseling, individual counseling and family counseling.

Each pastoral / Christian counselor specializes in Temperament Therapy.  This biblically-based counseling approach focuses on addressing source issues vs. outer symptoms.  This model is proven to be 90% effective in helping people enhance their relationships with God, their family and friends, and the community.

Some of the issues that pastoral and clinical Christian counseling address include identity and spiritual development, anger, bullying, coping, conflict resolution, abuse, depression, grief, anger, fear, stress, codependency and more.  We even offer premarital and blended family counseling.

Our pastoral and Christian counseling experts are exceptionally qualified and have extensive experience with Christian marriage counseling, family counseling and individual counseling:

  • Jamie Schofield, M.A.
  • Dave Scott, M.A.
  • Antoinette (Toni) Johnson, M.A., LMCH Registered Intern
  • Stephanie G. Smith, LMHC

The beauty of Faithfully Guided Health Center is that we can refer to our clients to in-house services we feel are beneficial.  For instance, a pastoral or clinical Christian counseling client who is experiencing significant stress may find our Holy yoga classes or fitness classes to be beneficial.  Having in-house instructors for both our fitness classes and holy yoga classes also makes scheduling more convenient.

Are you seeking clinical pastoral counseling, Christian marriage counseling, individual counseling or family counseling?  If so, give us a call to schedule your confidential initial consultation.

Join the 2019 Daniel Plan Challenge!

Daniel Plan Challenge

For six weeks, we will be focusing on The Daniel Plan’s five health essentials—faith, food, fitness, focus and friends—much like our five pillars of health here at FGHC.

Get ready! We’re rolling out the challenge on Sunday, January 6 at the first weekly group meeting at Faithfully Guided Health Center at 5:30pm. Bring your spouse, a co-worker or a few friends to join you in this health challenge. We’re offering it as a free service to the community, and all you need to do is purchase is The Daniel Plan book (available on Amazon).

So, what exactly is the goal of The Daniel Plan Challenge? The primary goal of this challenge is to help you develop a healthier, sustainable lifestyle in all five essential areas (faith, food, fitness, focus and friends). Is there a better way to start 2019? We don’t think so!

Following our first group meeting on January 6, we will continue hosting weekly group meetings throughout the six-week challenge to provide you with resources, encouragement, community and support for your efforts and ours. We will have two meeting times each week—Sunday at 5:30pm and Tuesday at 8:30am—so you can pick the one that best fits your schedule.

Let’s walk together through this journey to a healthier life. Be sure to join our challenge group on Facebook and to follow our hashtag #FGHCdanielplan on Instagram for updates.

See you soon!

Excellent Nutrition | Bringing Healing Nutrients Into the Body

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Food is meant to nourish, fuel and heal the body. Real, whole food is medicine to the body. That is why Excellent Nutrition is one of the pillars of health at Faithfully Guided Health Center (FGHC).

When we eat, we want to bring healing nutrients into the body. Vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, lean proteins and complex carbs in their most natural and unprocessed forms pack in the nutrients and boost overall physical and mental health. Processed, modified food brings more harm than good—not to mention excess weight gain—to the body.

It can be overwhelming when it comes to developing a lifestyle of healthy food choices. We thought it would be helpful to give you three simple things to consider for lasting change.

1. How does your food make you feel?

Nourishing foods should bring us energy and vitality.  Do you ever have meals where afterwards all you want to do is lay on the couch and take a nap?  Or the pleasure you had while eating quickly turns to regret afterwards (you probably have a fast-food restaurant coming to mind)? 

We recommend our clients keep a journal where they record both physical and emotional symptoms related to their food.  Things such as a stomachache, painful joints, or headache can be signs that your food is harming you – but also feelings of depression and brain fog can be indicators as well.  These may be signs that you have become sensitive to certain foods or just that your body is craving real, nutrient-rich foods.  Listen to your body – it’s trying to tell you something!

2. Are veggies a staple in your diet?

So many people are looking for the perfect diet plan where they don’t have to eat vegetables regularly.  Whether you are eating Paleo, Ketogenic, or just a whole food diet, veggies have to be a staple.  They’re where we get most of our vitamins and nutrients as well as the majority of the fiber that is so healthy for our gut. 

A goal would be 5-7 servings of veggies per day. If you are up for a challenge, over the next week, try including a non-starchy vegetable (or fruit) serving with every meal.  This can be done with an avocado or tomato with breakfast or greens at lunch.  (A serving is a 1/2 cup of cooked or 1 cup of raw fruit/veggie.) If you are are already doing this, you already know the benefits. Keep up the good work!

 3.  Do you watch your sugar intake?

Sugar – it has been the trigger for so much of the decline in American health.  Sugar is added to 80-90% of processed foods.  Thankfully, now the FDA has require all manufacturers to disclose amount of added sugar on the nutrition label.  Most of us lead busy lives and will consume processed foods from time to time so it’s important to know what you’re looking for on a food label.  Sugar is “hidden” on the ingredient list as 100 different names, but always check your labels! 

Tip:  If you are trying to choose an on the go food like a granola bar, look for the item with less than five ingredients and less than 5 grams of added sugar.  Remember 1 teaspoon of sugar = 4 grams of sugar.  It helps to think of converting the sugar to teaspoons to imagine how much sugar is truly in the item and which products to put back on the shelf!  Shoot for less than 30 grams of added sugar daily.

Want to learn more about making healthy, sustainable food choices?  We would love the opportunity to take the time to sit down and talk about ways to help you in your personal journey to health. 

If you would like additional reading on this subject, we highly recommend exploring the Daniel Plan and Whole 30 books.