Joshua Tree offers several counseling options to help clients from from hopeless to healing in a comfortable, inviting, and private office setting. We believe that healing IS possible, that hope can be restored and lives and relationships can be changed.
Question & Answer
Do I Have to Be a Christian To Receive Services at Joshua Tree?
We make no secret of the fact that we are a faith-based group practice. What this means is that our Christian faith and beliefs are at the core of each clinician’s identity but not necessarily apart of their counseling practice. We are upfront about who we are because we believe that the identity of your therapist and the practice where you receive services is part of the informed consent process.
Okay, but what if faith isn’t important to me?
If faith is not a factor you consider to be important in the counseling experience, that’s okay! This means that a pastoral counselor will not be the right fit for you but we have licensed counselors and therapists who can help you! It is unethical for licensed professionals to impose their beliefs upon you but rather to listen to your concerns and collaborate together to form a treatment alliance and plan based on your goals for counseling.
Can you reassume me about this?
Absolutely! When a counselor or therapist holds a license issued by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE), they are have proven to the Board they have the necessary education and experience to provide psychotherapy. When licesned, a clinician’s faith orientation, specific beliefs, and the application of those beliefs can only be integrated into counseling when it is your preference. The AZBBHE’s mission is to, “establish and maintain standards of qualifications and performance for licensed behavioral health professionals in the fields of counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work and substance abuse counseling and to regulate the practice of licensed behavioral health professionals for protection of the public.” (AZBBHE, 2022)
As licensed professionals, we are also held accountable to an ethical code set forth by the discipline in which we are licesned (counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work). For example, the American Counseling Association (ACA) 2014 Code of Ethics says this about personal values, “Counselors are aware of-and avoid imposing-their own values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Counselors respect the diversity of clients, trainees, and research participants and seek training in areas in which they are in risk of imposing their values onto clients, especially when the counselor’s values are inconsistent with the client’s goals or are discriminatory in nature. (ACA Code of Ethics, 2014, A.4.b).
How will my therapist know if faith is important to me or not?
During the intake session, your therapist will conduct a biopsychosocial assessment and faith is one life domain we inquire about to know if and what aspect of faith or spirituality has been a part of your story or to which you currently ascribe. This is a great opportunity to share with your therapist what is and isn’t important about faith and spirituality.
Rachel Lohrman, LPC
Rachel is the founder of Joshua Tree Counseling and a licensed professional counselor who specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation; PTSD and DID; suicidality; Borderline Personality Disorder; anxiety; spiritual wounding, and childhood abuse (verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. She works with clients towards developing tools and strategies to use in the here and now and also helps clients better understand and untangle those early messages from childhood holding them hostage. Rachel is EMDR trained. When faith and Christian values are an important aspect of therapy to the client Rachel weaves this into the counseling experience.
Dr. Marybeth Steigenga, BCPC
Marybeth is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor who specializes in Christian counseling with married couples, engaged couples, teen girls, and adults. She offers marriage counseling and pre-marital counseling, offering practical strategies to re-connect, communicate, and heal. She works with individuals struggling with anxiety/depression; grief/loss; life transitions; and child/relationship issues. Marybeth is an ordained minister of pastoral care and has a PhD in Christian counseling. She values the integration of faith into the counseling experience. She is a certified life coach, Enneagram coach, and therapeutic art coach.
Dr. Chet Weld, LPC
Chet is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in marriage counseling, working with couples toward communication skills, relationship building, and problems that relate to family issues. Chet also specializes in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, and family-of-origin issues. He’s an ordained pastor who attributes dignity and extends radical acceptance to every client. He values being “warm and human first; professional always.” He holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and has 40 years’ experience as a Christian-based therapist, pastor, and pastoral counselor.
Dana Denney LPC
Dana is a licensed psychotherapist who has a passion for working with individuals stuck in the cycle of chemical or behavioral addictions and the family members who love them. She helps clients overcome depression and anxiety, intrusive thoughts and OCD. She supports clients through grief and loss and has a specific passion for helping women in abusive relationships. Dana helps clients unravel and repair faulty thinking errors causing distress and dysfunction through a variety of treatment approaches. She offers faith-based counseling for clients who prefer a format based on Christian values.