Lifepoint therapists are Masters level Marriage and Family Therapists.
Marriage and Family Therapy is a systemic approach with a goal of empowering the client toward an abundant life.
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I care deeply about helping my clients reach their goals by identifying strengths, discovering possibilities, and finding balance in their lives. The journey to healing and wholeness requires a safe place to process the difficulties in life, and by walking together, we create that safety so that the client may regain a sense of fullness in their life, enrich their relationships, and find their unique purpose and meaning in life.
I work with couples, families, and individuals dealing with relational issues, past experiences, life transitions, communication, sexual issues, stress, grief, depression and anxiety that threaten to overwhelm us and bring distress to our most important relationships. Marriage or couple counseling utilizes my training in Discernment Counseling and the Gottman Institute. I also work with those who have been affected by abuse and addictions as they find healing and wholeness.
Pre-marital sessions are available for couples to identify their expectations and need, unearth challenges, and appreciate their differences. Therapy involves a process. A safe and supportive environment is essential to achieve wholeness, health, and healing. I would be honored to walk with you as you work toward your goals.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist I believe each individual, couple and family is unique with their own set of strengths and struggles. My focus is getting to know my clients and helping them access tools and resources within themselves to achieve success in therapy. I strive to come along side and help those who are dealing with difficult issues and seasons in life.
I work with individuals of all age (children, teens, adults) as well as couples and families at all different stages of life. Primarily my focus is helping couples achieve satisfying and life-long marriages.
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My passion is people. I believe we each have unique and important stories filled with intrinsic value and authenticity; strengths and resources; as well as hardship, conflict and loss. At times, life becomes overwhelming and unbalanced, keeping us stuck and unfulfilled. Therapy can be considered like a journey. Together, we navigate through the difficult terrain and troublesome areas of life, while illuminating hidden treasures and worth along the way that may have gone unnoticed over time. It is a process of discovering those enriching stories, guiding you to a more balanced, preferred and satisfying approach to life.
Within my work, I utilize highly researched and proven methods when meeting people of all ages and stages of life. I walk alongside those who may be struggling with low self-esteem, coping skills, stress and anxiety, loneliness, life transitions, communication and relationship issues, whether that is marriage, family or peer conflict.
My gentle and compassionate spirit affirms, respects and celebrates one’s narrative. I strive to be and create a safe place for people, and I am committed in journeying with you towards healing, growth and relational wholeness.
John ‘Criss’ Cross
Emotional pain can feel unbearable at times. It can stick with us and influence so many parts of our lives. It is my desire to assist you in realizing your full potential while you heal from the hurts of your past. I do not believe you are broken. You may be stuck, but not broken. There is hope.
As a master’s level Marriage and Family Therapist I can help assess, strengthen, and improve your relationship, family, and/or personal life, using a systems perspective which considers the many varied contexts of your life. I have been married for over 48 years and have three children who are married and have children of their own. I served 17 years in the United States Army as a pilot and 20 years as a pilot instructor for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. The United States Army played a large role in training and preparing me to help others.
My approach is strength based with a focus on helping you find positive solutions. It is my passion to provide a compassionate and nonjudgmental atmosphere and to help you experience wholeness and truth that will help you overcome life’s obstacles.
Your life is meant to be lived abundantly! Yet, through no fault of your own, or perhaps after a series of poor choices, you now experience heartache that leaves you feeling hopeless. You may feel parched; thirsty for the refreshment of deeper emotional connection with those you love. Everything you have tried has not worked; nevertheless, your desire for something more; a deeper, richer, more fulfilling life persists. Your journey toward healing and wholeness is an important one, and I would be honored to join you as we seek solutions that satisfy your thirst for the abundant life you long to experience.
As a master’s level Marriage and Family Therapist I have the tools necessary to assess your situation using a systems-oriented approach which considers the various contexts of life. I have worked with elementary-aged children, adolescents, single adults, engaged couples, married couples, and families. Many have affirmed my compassionate, open-minded, and nonjudgmental demeanor in sessions. It is my desire to be one who listens carefully to appreciate your pain while offering a lifeline to restore hope for a better future.
Previously, I worked as a computer programmer and a mathematics teacher for about seventeen years in each profession. In the Fall of 2020, I celebrated 34 years of marriage. I am full of gratitude for the many blessings in my life, but I have also experienced many challenges. I want you to know that I understand the heartache of addiction, moral failures, loss, grief, despair, loneliness, abuse, and family conflict. I can appreciate the pain you feel. I want to help you find release from your suffering and refreshment for your soul.
We work with life transitions, past experiences, unmet expectations and unmet needs, sexual issues, marital struggles, communication problems, parenting concerns, low self-esteem, adjusting to adolescence, stress, grief, health issues, spiritual struggles, depression and anxiety that challenge or overwhelm us and threaten the relationships that are the most significant in our lives.