Absolutions Counseling Center
Diane Castro, MA, MFT
My name is Diane Castro. I have a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and have worked at Absolutions Counseling under the supervision of Dr. Robert Hunt for two years. I have been married for seventeen years, and have a 14 year-old son and an 11 year-old daughter.
I work with couples to address problems in their relationships, including conflict, communication, and forgiveness. When assessing client issues, I look to see the effects that the issue is having on physical, social, mental, and spiritual areas of the client’s life. I know that unhealthy relationships can cause physical and emotional harm.
My goal is to introduce changes in the relationship that will positively influence all areas of my clients’ life. My hope is to be a part of keeping families together, and helping them to enjoy each other. I am certified in the Prepare/Enrich marriage assessment, as well as the SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) engagement assessment. I use the Hope Focused approach for couples counseling, developed by Dr. Everett Worthington.
I also work with women and adolescent girls regarding a variety of issues, such as depression, anxiety, family relationships, anger, and eating disorders. I am certified in the Suicide “PAIR” prevention program developed by the American Association of Christian Counselors. I aim for short-term, solution focused therapy for all clients. I understand that my clients are busy, and do not usually need or want to be in therapy long-term. I want to work with my clients to discover what tools they can use to handle the circumstances they are in now as well as the issues they will face in the future. In our counseling offices, clients will find a safe, non-judgmental environment, with time to identify and explore the issues that are weighing them down. I respect the self-knowledge of my clients, and believe that given a space and time away from distractions, we can discover the truths that will bring freedom.
As a Christian therapist, I believe that the presence of the Holy Spirit brings healing to our minds. I have seen people go from places of deep pain to peace and restoration through Christian therapy. My counseling methods are rooted in Biblical truth, and I welcome opportunities to include Christianity in therapy sessions, but only if my clients desire to do so.
Jennie Young, LPC
My name is Jennie Young. I have been a single parent for many years. I became divorced when my youngest child was three weeks old. I know personally the devastation that can come with divorce for both the spouses and children. Through the grace of God I was able to raise my two girls to be responsible, contributing members of society. My oldest child is a paralegal and the youngest has started her own ministry called Footprints.
As far as education, I was a late bloomer receiving my bachelors in psychology at age 58 and my Masters in counseling at age 62. As I mentioned before, I have many life experiences that I draw on in my counseling sessions. I favor William Glasser’s theory and feel that if it isn’t broken why fix it. On the other hand if what you are doing is not working, let’s form a plan that will work. I like to look at the family as a whole. Each member and their actions affect every other member. I am a chaplain for the Baptist disaster relief organization and a volunteer for the Red Cross.
In divorce, I emphasize forgiveness. If you are unforgiving, the other person has power over your life. It is a decision that does not say that what the other person did was right. It is simply releasing that person from the hold they have over your life. Sometime it can take years but is well worth the effort. I finally did forgive my ex-husband. Due to botched surgery, he was an invalid. I moved in with him and helped him for the last two years of his life. We agreed to disagree and were finally able to bury the hatchet and form a friendship.
I have life experiences that enable me to help people with divorce recovery, parenting, co-parenting, addictions, grief recovery and spiritual issues. I think that we all have inside us the capability to heal and have a productive, rewarding life. I love people and want to help everyone be as successful in life as possible.