Each day is an opportunity to move one step closer to where you want to be. My name is Susan Goertz, and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families find empowerment, healing, and growth. As a family systems therapist, my hope is to nurture your strengths, build lasting and meaningful relationships, and grow in newness through faith and the grace of God. With a focus on each and every individual, I will offer you a place of real compassion and warmth while developing sessions based on your needs as they evolve during our time together. If you struggle with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, loss, or issues of aging, I offer you real and meaningful solutions that will provide relief now and will help you continue to grow in the future.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
When I think about my goals as a Christian counselor, the scripture from Luke 4:18 comes to mind: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s Favor.” My hope is for my clients to feel genuinely cared for, heard, and empowered to make positive change. But most importantly, my ultimate goal is to encourage my clients to walk in freedom through Christ. Whether dealing with past mistakes, dysfunctional family patterns, trauma, or negative self-perceptions — I want each person to discover the peace, healing, and newness that only the Lord can provide. Being a part of that journey is an amazing gift and reward, and I do all I can to help each person discover what the grace of God can do for them.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
The heart of what I offer through Christian counseling is hope for restoring each client’s identity and acceptance in Christ. I provide people a safe place to work through difficulties without fear of judgement or condemnation. I believe that all people are made in the image of God and have the potential to be redeemed through Christ. As your Christian counselor, I offer you a partner who will journey with you on your path of connection with yourself, loved ones, and with Jesus, so you can build a vibrant life that is full of the unique gifts and callings God has for you. Counseling is a process that can take time, but I strive to use methods that offer both long-term solutions and immediate relief for your current situation.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
My approach to Christian counseling is based on genuine care and empathy for the struggles and needs of each individual. Because each person is unique, made by their own personal experiences, inner battles, and desires for what a complete life means for them, I find that creating a client-focused approach is most beneficial. When you come to me, I take a real interest in your life story, and I will work with you to address your goals. By providing an objective voice in the midst of what might feel like a chaotic situation, we will work together to address your needs. When working with couples and families, I consider the family as a whole, made of individual parts that work together to form a working, healthy unit. With this well-rounded approach, each person is heard, and everyone will learn how to come together to overcome dysfunctional patterns of interaction as a family.