Life isn’t always easy. When things are too difficult to handle on our own, it can be helpful to talk with someone who has an objective viewpoint, and who can help sort through the “mess” to find clarity. From grieving or coping with challenging life circumstances to learning more about the strengths and areas of growth with your partner - counseling is one way to find peace and live life to the fullest.

Our Counselor in Residence, Danielle Allen  strives to build a counseling relationship of openness, trust and honest communication and to handle your life challenges with respect and dignity. You can read Danielle’s bio on our staff page

Danielle enjoys working in these therapeutic environments:

  • family life cycle transitions
  • families with at-risk youth 
  • blended families
  • extended family/systems
  • grief and loss

I believe that the power to heal lies with the relationship; I also believe that people are doing the best they can with what that they have.
— Danielle Allen

Danielle is available to work with couples in every stage or transition of the family life cycle – from couples contemplating marriage to seasoned couples with children who have left the nest. Couple work may consist of learning about being a couple, exploring strengths and areas of growth, and learning ways to mediate conflict. Sometimes, couples enter into counseling/therapy because they are in distress or considering separation. The overall goal is that couples gain a more realistic view on how to establish long-term, healthy relationships.

Some couples may only need a check-in. Just as taking your car for a tune up or seeing a doctor for a physical, check-ins may catch potential problems before they start and may help prevent major trouble down the road. Danielle challenges couples to get real with where they are, and she offers them skills and techniques for growing a stronger bond. Should couples in crisis decide to separate, she can assist in navigating the healthy divorce and supporting positive co-parenting skills as needed.

In February 2017, DOWNTOWN CHURCH will host a second Couples Workshop.

Healing wounds and improving your life can take time and patience (particularly with respect to couple work)! Your therapist won't tell you what to do or how to live your life; you are the one who will live with the consequences of your decisions. With respect and compassion, Danielle will listen, question your thoughts, feelings and behavior and offer viewpoints that might have been overlooked. She'll also challenge ineffective patterns, support more functional ones, and help you make decisions that are right for you.

Therapist/client fit is vitally important to the success of counseling. That's why it's important to schedule an initial consultation if you think you might be interested in working with Danielle to make sure that her skills match your needs. The initial consultation is supported by the church through it's operating budget.

If you want to talk to Danielle, fill out the form below or call her at 803-875-0156.

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