The first goal is to assess where the "pain" seems to be. Is the pain the grief from the loss of a loved one? The fear of a divorce? An addiction that is out of control? An affair that has broken the trust in a couple's relationship? A child that is "acting out" behaviors that cannot be addressed within the family? The lack of coupleself-esteem brought on by the loss of a job or a broken relationship? The adjustments required due to a life-threatening illness such as cancer or heart disease? These are just a few examples of some of the key issues that families need the help of a therapist to address. Along with the verbal assessment done with the family on the first visit there is also a written assessment which can be down loaded and printed off as a PDF file. Families coming to counseling for the first time with Lifeline Christian Counseling Center will need to fill out the new client information form. Doing so prior to your appointment will help make best use of our time together.

After the central problem is identified, there are a number of goals that may be achieved which will assist in the healing process. Of course each family or couple would have their own goals, but here is a sampling of goals that might emerge:

• Couples' and families' communication skills improved
• Relationships repaired
• Mindful understanding of family dynamics
• Spiritual enrichment
• The Passion for life is repaired

At Lifeline Christian Counseling Center, we have a number of therapists that can help couples and families achieve their goals.  For more information, see our printable FAQ that answers questions like "What is the difference between Couple's therapy, Marriage Therapy, Family Therapy and Pre-marriage preparation?"