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Sometimes people ask me about the significance of mental health therapy and counseling. I have the immense privilege of speaking and teaching with different organizations in the Orlando area, and I have taken some of my resources from those presentations and included them here to share the significant impact of this work. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have other questions!

Speaking Engagements
60 Minute Seminars: Substance Abuse and Addiction
July, 2015, Summit Church, Orlando

You Are Here Series: Sex and Sexuality
January 18, 2016, Summit Church, Orlando

Other teaching and speaking topics include:
How to Talk to Kids About Sex
How The Church Talks About Sex
Sex in Singleness, in Dating, and in Marriage
Repentance
Trauma and Abuse: What is it and what impact does it have?
Alcoholism, Addiction, and Family
Anxiety and Depression

Resources

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong.”

Research
According to the National Institute on Mental Health, 4.1% of the population over the age of 18 in this country met the requirements for a serious mental illness. That equals 9.6 million adults. In the same year, 43.7 million adults (18.6% of population) in the U.S. met the requirements for any mental illness.

According to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 13.4% of adults in the U.S. received mental health treatment.

The total cost of mental illness in our communities adds up to $300 billion a year. This includes disability benefits, healthcare costs, and loss of earnings.

Local jail inmate statistics tell us that more than 60% of inmates suffer from a mental illness. Less than 10% of them receive mental health care. I see this first hand every week. We expect men and women to make different choices and stay out of jail, return to their families, and live productive lives, however they have no resources to do this. During my time counseling inside the Orange County Jail, I have seen behavioral as well as emotional change in the clients, reduced reactivity and outward expressions of anger, and more motivation to change behaviors and lifestyles once they are released.

Over the past two years, I have spent more than 1,000 hours conducting individual or group therapy sessions with those who suffer from mental and emotional illness. During the course of therapy, I have witnessed improved emotional expression and regulation, reduced and ceasing of suicide attempts, reduced or ceased substance abuse, reduced or ceased self harm behaviors (cutting, scratching, burning, etc), improved interpersonal relationships, and significant behavioral changes.

Weekly therapy has a tremendous impact on individuals, their families, their communities, and their work places. Your gift to this ministry ensures clients the ability to begin or continue the therapeutic process. Healthier men and women produce healthier marriages, healthier families, healthier children, healthier workplaces, and healthier communities. You can have a direct impact on the future of our community.

If you are curious about issues like sexual addiction, abuse or anorexia, substance abuse or addiction, trauma, or how to engage your story in a meaningful way, I invite you to check out some of these resources:
Holy Hunger by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
The Last Addiction by Sharon Hersh
The Toughest People To Love by Dr. Chuck DeGroat
The Wounded Heart by Dr. Dan Allender
Understanding People by Dr. Larry Crabb
No Stones by Marnie C. Ferree
To Be Told by Dr. Dan Allender
Man’s Search for Meaning by Dr. Viktor Frankl
Breaking the Betrayal Bond by Dr. Patrick Carnes
Ready to Heal by Kelly McDaniel

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