Spotlight on Associates Board Member Karen Googe

What do Clients Expect from Counseling?
On the Shelf
Save the Date

Dear friends,

The countdown to our annual banquet is on—please check out the information below about special guest speaker Ashley Smith Robinson.

This month’s E-News gives us the chance to hear from Karen Googe, the board member who chairs the subcommittee for the banquet. She does an amazing job pulling off the logistics of this huge project while still keeping the vision and heart of this ministry front and center.

This month’s issue also has a wonderful collection of thoughts from our therapists about expectations clients bring to the counseling process. I think you will enjoy reading them.

Blessings to you in this Lenten season,

Heath Greene

 Spotlight on Associates Board Member Karen Googe

Karen Googe, a board member since 2010, heads the banquet subcommittee for Associates. “She is incredibly diligent and tireless in her efforts,” says Heath Greene, executive director at Associates. “She is the linchpin of the project without question. And she does this with a fulltime job!”

What makes for a successful banquet?

KG: The speaker is hugely important, but most of all the contributors make the banquet. The people and businesses in this community who have a heart for Associates and helping people in general make for a successful banquet.  It really choked me up at the last few banquets when an anonymous donor gave a matching donation. I don't know who that person or business is, but I will tell you I sent up prayers for them and asked God to bless them for their generosity on more than one occasion.  Read More

What Do Clients Expect from Counseling?
(But What Should They REALLY Expect?)

At a recent staff meeting, Associates therapists heard two questions:

  • What are some of the misconceptions people often bring to the therapy process?
  • What might they find instead?

The answers came quick and fast—here are a selection of responses from a table full of Christian mental health professionals.

 “People come in with a list of five things to fix. They expect it to be linear, like breaking a bone, getting an x-ray and then a cast.”

"They find they are so relieved to unload their pain.”

“They come in thinking they will be scolded and judged.”

“They should expect a PROCESS, and that they will get a lot more out of it with personal work between sessions with us.”

“Some clients come in afraid they are going to be hit with a Bible and to be told they are wrong.

“Clients are often surprised by the caring and listening they find.”

“Parents especially come in with the hope we can just ‘fix’ their kids.”

“They will find a safe place and complete confidentiality.”

“Some clients think we are getting loaded financially doing this work.”

“Clients are surprised when we don’t expect them to be in a certain place, spiritually or otherwise.”

“Many people come in just afraid of the unknown.”

“They should expect a partnership with their therapist.”


On the Shelf for the Lenten Season

Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter
Six dozen penetrating readings from evangelical stalwarts (Chambers, Stott, Yancey), classic masters (Augustine, Luther, Pascal), English favorites (Chesterton, Lewis, Sayers), and scores of others provide deep insight across the gamut of Lenten themes.

A Praying Life
Paul E. Miller
As the father of six kids, ministry leader Miller understands the reality of prayer in the midst of family life. His conversational style and willingness to share personal stories helps readers understand even the most mundane day as part of God’s good work in the world.

APRIL 28, 2015

Associates’ annual fundraising banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30.

Ashley Smith Robinson, known as the single mom who persuaded a killer to surrender to Atlanta police in 2005, will be the keynote speaker. Robinson, who struggled with substance abuse, wrote a best-selling account of the event that is also being made into a movie with a release date of late 2015.

Lenten Words to Keep

“O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
Psalm 51:15-17

“Oh God, let something essential happen to me, something more than interesting or entertaining or thoughtful. 

Oh God, let something essential happen to me, something awesome, something real. Speak to my condition, Lord, and change me somewhere inside where it matters. 
Ted Loder
Guerrillas of Grace

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