I am a Board Certified Professional and Christian Counselor certified through IBCC. I went to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for undergrad and completed my Master's in Counseling from Safe Harbor Institute in Hoschton, Ga. I currently live in Lawrenceville, Ga, and I have a passion for seeing people reach their fullest potential, not settle for anything, and walk in complete freedom. My vision for my own life is "I will not settle for anything less than what the Lord has for me!" It takes work and sacrifices but it's worth it.
Relationships are my passion, and I desire to see anyone who wants to have a healthy relationship thrive. My desire for you is to experience total freedom and wholeness with-in your relationships. I want you to spend your life with the people you love fulfilling your dreams, not spending all of your time trying to prove yourself.
I believe that anyone can have the relationships that they desire and deserve. That is why I specialize in inner healing and take an individualistic approach to pre-marital and marital counseling. In my experience, I have commonly seen couples point their fingers at each other rather than look back on their lives and get to the root of their hurts and pains.
My mother's passing opened my eyes to a whole new world. I ran for a year and a half before dealing with my grief over losing her. I believed that I had to be strong and that I needed to accept that Jesus had a plan and I would magically get better. WRONG ANSWER. It wasn't until a mission trip to Nicaragua where I realized I was running and I needed to stop. It took a lot of self-awareness and a lot of giving myself grace and knowing that it is ok not to be ok. I began my healing process and discovered the brokenness inside that has been affecting my relationships for years. I could see how my perfectionism and need for control kept me in a place of settling rather than freedom. If I can share just a glimpse of what I experienced and help you get to the other side, it would be an honor.
I would love the opportunity to walk alongside you whether you have been married for 25 years, or you are single and want to get some insight on how to become more self-aware. I can help walk you through some of your existing family and friend relationships as you begin to navigate how to set and keep boundaries and learn that your needs matter.
I would be happy to have a conversation with you to see how I may help, and if I can't. I can point you in a direction that can. I look forward to speaking with you, and I am happy to help however I can.
Ciara MA, BCCC