Christian & LDS Faith Crisis Counseling in Las Vegas & Summerlin

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For most people with a foundation of faith, it’s something you’ve drawn great strength from in the past, and have possibly even built your life around. So when you start to question things that you’ve always believed it can feel really overwhelming.

For many people, when they start to question things that used to be basic or fundamental, it can feel like everything is coming crashing down, like “now what?!” “If I don’t believe XYZ (or I don’t know if I believe XYZ) then what does that mean about ABC?” I’ve you’re intently examining it now, I imagine you’ve had other moments where you tried not to think about it because just keeping up with the norm is actually way easier. It feels wrong or scary at first to question.

Let your faith show

Overcoming a Faith Crisis

I am LDS (Mormon), so a lot of the clients I work with in faith crisis are also LDS. But I’ve found that regardless of religion, most people struggling with their faith have similar battles. It’s hard to articulate or even share your doubts because of defensiveness or judgement from others. Unfortunately, a lot of times people assume that if your faith isn’t as bright as it once was, it must be the result of some sin or slacking. Spouses, family and friends might shut down conversations or invalidate concerns because it’s scary for them.

So why would you talk to a therapist about your faith questions and not your bishop? Well, first of all, your bishop could still be a great person to talk to if you want. But my role as a therapist is to help you navigate all this stuff, find your own clarity and your own peace and figure out what it all means for you. Your level of activity or acceptance of church doctrines doesn’t personally affect me so I’m not trying to convince you to stay or to believe. I don’t have an agenda, so you get the advantage of an open, listening, trained ear and the background of someone who understands church culture and doctrines.

You have more faith than you think you do

LGBTQ Counseling in Las Vegas

Gosh, it is HARD to be a member of this church and feel same-gender attraction or have gender identity questions. Wherever you are in your journey of acknowledgement and acceptance, I would love to walk this path with you.

First, recognizing or admitting to yourself that you might be gay can bring on an identity crisis of its own. Many people experience despair, depression, and self-loathing, wishing it would just go away. Then later, when you realize it’s not going anywhere, you get to decide what to do about it. Either way, the battle ahead is tough.

On one hand, you can follow what you’ve been taught and stay true to church doctrines, refraining from acting on sexual impulses and urges. This can feel lonely and difficult, especially if you can’t see yourself ever being happy with an opposite-sex partner. It feels like all the things you’ve been taught to want your whole life aren’t available to you (getting married, having a family, etc). On the other hand, if you choose to act on your urges and embrace an LGBT lifestyle, you may feel like you don’t have a place in a church that you’ve loved. It might feel like you’re disappointing family, friends or God. I’ll help you in this pivotal part of your life

Benefits of LDS & Christian Faith Crisis Counseling

Greater Peace & Understanding
Overcome Isolation
Increased Clarity & Optimism
Less Feeling Overwhelmed
Increased Faith & Hope

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Ready to take the next step towards strengthening your faith again? Let’s schedule a free consultation. We work with individuals and couples in the Las Vegas & Summerlin areas!

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Meet our Team of Therapists

Chrissy lawler therapist in las vegas

Hi, I’m Christine Lawler.

I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I’ve been practicing therapy for almost 13 years. I have an amazing husband who I’ve been married to for 12 years, and we’ve got four darling little girls.
 

I’m a big believer that therapist fit is really important. Too many people give up on counseling in general because they had a poor fit with a therapist and decided counseling didn’t work. Counseling DOES work, but the therapist/client match-up is important. You want to work with someone whose personality you can jive with, and you need to believe that your therapist can actually help you. So, I’m going to tell you a little bit about myself and what sets me apart, and you can decide if I sound like the right fit for you:

I graduated from Brigham Young University, the #1 Marriage and Family Therapy program in the country. I’m not saying this to brag, only to confidently report that my education was top notch. We were constantly taught how important it is to be a fantastic therapist, because unfortunately, unskilled therapists can do more harm than good and often clients have no way of discerning. I was also taught that having a good foundational background is important, but what I do after graduation to hone my skills is what will set me apart. Because of this, I have thrown myself into reading and taking continuing education courses from the leaders in the field. I’m a critical consumer of information and I make sure that everything I do is grounded in theory.

Hi, I’m Leslie Frederick.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have long had a passion for helping and serving others.

I began my career as a social worker for a local hospice.  I found great purpose in helping families navigate the unpredictable twists and turns that undoubtedly come along with the end of life for their loved ones.  After many years in hospice, I transitioned to a medical social work position in a hospital, which then led me to a Clinical Social Work Intern position in an inpatient psych hospital.  During this time, I enjoyed working with a range of individuals and families.  The vast array of cases I encountered in the hospital allowed me to gain the experience and skills needed to serve a multitude of clients.  I enjoy working with clients of all ages and believe in meeting a client where they are at in order to tailor treatment to meet their individualized needs and work towards their specific goals.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Social Work from UNLV. I am originally from Northwest Indiana and have lived in Las Vegas for over ten years with my husband and our three children. We love living out west and enjoy spending time traveling and exploring our neighboring states.

Leslie frederick therapist in las vegas | The Peaceful Mind Counseling Center

The Peaceful Mind Counseling Center Las Vegas

Our office is located at:

3455 Cliff Shadows Pwky Suite 220

Las Vegas, Nevada 89129

We’re located inside of The Cliffs Professional Center just off I-215 off the Cliff Shadows exit.

Phone Number: (702) 766-9063

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