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Welcome to Breaking Free Christian Counseling

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." St. Catherine of Sienna

Why Counseling

Freedom To Be Who God Created You To Be

Do you ever feel overwhelmed or stressed?  Not knowing how to cope with the demands of today's world? You are not alone.  I am here to help you learn the skills you need to grow and flourish in your life. 


There are times in life when you just need the help of professional counseling to get through certain situations. It is nothing to be ashamed of and many would agree that sometimes, we just struggle inside.


The therapy/counseling process helps people get "unstuck". Through the development of insight and increased self awareness, people are able to gain a better understanding of their own behavior and the issues, feelings and events that motivate them. The most useful benefit of therapy is often an improvement in health and well being. This often translates into increased self-confidence, productivity and a greater sense of vitality and peace of mind.

Christian Counseling

Christian counseling is different from non Christian counseling. Christian counseling promotes godliness, which is one of the virtues that come along with adopting positive values. You’ll get a clear understanding of Christian living as well as advice for living a virtuous life. As a Christian my faith informs how I approach the process of therapy.  


My focus is on helping you to realize what God wants for your life and helping you to get there. So many things in life get in the way of our path toward wholeness and healing.  Let me help guide you with God's help on that path towards being who God meant for you to be and as St Catherine of Sienna said you will set the world on fire.

My Practice

My Practice

My 20+ years of experience enables me  to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide services to individuals, families, and couples. 

My Treatment Focus

My focus is to help individuals, couples and families heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I achieve this by listening to your concerns, and creating a customized treatment plan. 

My Patient Promise

I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. 

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About The Therapist

Kari Froelicher, MA, LPC

Mission Statement :  My mission is to help families, couples  and individuals find healthy solutions  for problems in living and to gain back  the freedom to become the persons God  created them to be.


I am a licensed, masters level psychotherapist skilled in using a variety of techniques from a wide base of theories such as:  Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Rational Emotive  therapy, Existential therapies, Solution-Focused Brief therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy,  Psychodynamic therapy, Affirmation Therapy and Gestalt.  I have effectively used experiential techniques such as: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, guided  imagery, psychodrama, role playing, empty chair, art and EMDR.  


I bring my effective communication and problem solving skills to individuals, groups, couples, families and organizations.


I have specialized in working with eating disorders, addictions, depression,  bipolar disorder, anxiety, Borderline personality disorder, crisis pregnancy, post abortion, trauma and the Highly Sensitive Person.  


I have also taught classes on spiritual growth, Dialectical Behavioral therapy skills training, and a  variety of workshops focusing on issues such as:  healthy boundaries, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships,  self-esteem, communication skills, anger management, anxiety/stress management, defense mechanisms,  shame and guilt, suffering, grief and loss, changing negative thought patterns, and dealing with emotions.



Testimonals

WHAT REAL CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY

" When I first came to Kari I was "just surviving life".  Now I am delighting in it as she taught me new tools to practice healthy, holy habits for every day life. I am so grateful."


"When I first met Kari , life was a daily struggle and I was stressed about my future.  My anxiety level was high and worry overwhelmed me.  During my counseling sessions, Kari listened to me, encouraged me, and genuinely cared for my well being.  Life soon began to take on a new meaning, even a sense of adventure!  I learned what it meant to be a Highly Sensistive Person (HSP) and how to embrace it.  I began sessions of EMDR and the results helped me to begin the process of restoration in my life.  Now I wake up almost every day with nenewed strenghth and look forward to God's blessings for me.  My confidence in myself and my trust in the Lord is growing one day, and one decision at a time.  Thank you Breaking Free Christian Counseling."


“You have given us the bicycle and taught us how to ride. It is up to us to pedal”


 “It was nice to be able connect with others in a supportive group. Knowing that I was not alone gave me hope for a more fulfilling life.”       


  “I have been attending DBT group for the last six months and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. I have suffered from anxiety and depression for much of my life and this is the first time that I feel that I am actually living the abundant life that God intended. The group has taught me to challenge negative thoughts, stay in the moment, and stop living my life as a victim. I have met people that I can relate to and that challenge me to challenge myself! I always leave group feeling uplifted and empowered.”


Most Common Issues Dealt With

Depression & Anxiety

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling I am able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life. 

 

Trauma & PTSD

Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. I can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. 

 

Marriage and Relationships

Marriage counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.     


Other relationships are important in our lives also.  Such as:  family of origin, extended family, friendships, co-workers, bosses, in laws, clients or customers; all impact our lives.  Good communication skills are critical.

Main Types of Therapy I Do

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Affirmation Therapy, and EMDR

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that looks at how our thought and behavior patterns effect our emotions. Dialectical thinking, similar to its role in philosophy, is introduced as an alternative to intense, polarized emotions. Rather than reacting to events as either perfect or unbearable, clients are encouraged to recognize multiple viewpoints and bring them "into dialogue." 


Mindfulness is taught as a method for becoming aware of one's actual, realistic experience in the moment,  and separating it from fears about the future or rumination about the past.    


DBT is a way of looking at life and situations that helps us to have less emotional suffering and better relationships.  Four key areas are taught:  Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, and Distress Tolerance.  


DBT is effective in dealing with issues such as:  anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, trauma, learning balance in life, stress management, pain management, unhealthy relationships and learning to build a life worth living.  DBT skills can be taught in individual sessions but are more effectively learned in a group setting. 



Affirmation Therapy is based on Drs. Conrad Baars and Anna Terruwe's theories that all humans need the love of other human beings in order to reveal our goodness to us and that one's ability to love is set free when that person sees himself or herself as good, worthwhile, and lovable.  If a person has not been affirmed they are limited in their capacity to love themselves and others. 


 Affirmation therapy is a way of "being" with and for a client as opposed to "doing" something for the client.  It is about revealing the goodness of the client  to the client through the relationship with the therapist.  This then allows for emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth to occur.  


The therapist teaches the client about the emotional life and provides opportunities for the client to express his or her emotions in an appropriate way.  The therapist will also teach the client about irrational beliefs that get in the way of fully accepting oneself.  


Affirmation Therapy is also based on an understanding of the emotional life in the Christian anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas.



EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. 


The amount of time the complete treatment will take depends upon the history of the client. Complete treatment of the targets involves a three pronged protocol (1-past memories, 2-present disturbance, 3-future actions), and are needed to alleviate the symptoms and address the complete clinical picture. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health. "Processing" does not mean talking about it. "Processing" means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be "digested" and stored appropriately in your brain. That means that what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positive ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded. Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong directions. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.

Services




New Client Forms

This is the paperwork that you will need for your first appointment.  Please open, print and fill out to bring to your first appointment. Everything is a signature and date except for the Psychosocial history.  If you are not able to finish the history prior to your first appointment don't worry, do as much as you can and bring it with you so we can complete in session.

HIPPA (docx)

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Limits of Confidentiality (docx)

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OFFICE POLICIES (docx)

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Psychosocial History (docx)

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Things to Do in a Crisis Situation (docx)

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Payment Contract for Services (docx)

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DBT Resources

This section is for you to have some resources at home to help you between sessions.  Please visit this section offten.

Diary Card (xls)

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DBT SKILLS LIST (doc)

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Creating meaning (doc)

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Distress Tolerance Skills Overview (doc)

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Intro to Radical Acceptance (doc)

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Pleasure Hunt (pdf)

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Breaking Free Christian Counseling in Wickenburg

315 West Apache Street, Wickenburg, Arizona 85390, United States

928-232-9280

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Tue-Fri: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed  Saturdy, Sunday and Monday

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