Julie Fickel is a midwife and professional counsellor, able to provide Christian counselling at M1 Psychology Loganholme.
As a Christian herself, Julie can relate to the challenges of expressing and practicing one’s faith in the sometimes complex and contradictory roles and issues we are faced with on a daily basis. She has trained and practiced as a facilitator in women’s healing ministry through the Search for Significance program (A. Meyers), and has a Certificate 4 in Pastoral Care.
Julie has also trained as a telephone counsellor and group facilitator with Lifeline Australia, and has 30 years’ experience in nursing and midwifery, supporting families through significant and challenging life events.
As a mother and a mental health professional, she herself is experienced in balancing roles, juggling time management and relationships with the joy/burden of a growing family.
Julie can listen to your worries, concerns and beliefs, explore where you feel you are at in your relationship with God, challenge misconceptions around shame and guilt, and explore strategies for deepening your faith.
Strong emotions such as fear, betrayal, grief, anger can lead to bitterness and resentment. This in turn can derail your faith, undermine your confidence and immobilise you, or cause Dis-Ease.
Talking through concerns in a safe environment, where you will be respected, can help you to find meaning and significance in your life within the context of your faith.
Christian Counselling Strategies
Strategies Julie might utilise in counselling sessions include:
- exploring obstacles to achieving the life you want;
- listening to God with journalling;
- examining Scripture to support and strengthen your understanding of God’s promises for your life;
- setting small goals toward healthier relationships;
- self care;
- boundary setting; and
- seeing yourself as God sees you.
As humans, we struggle with frequent reminders of our failings, insecurities and shortcomings, yet as Christians we can gain strength, encouragement and hope, knowing that we are created to be in relationship with God, and that we are loved and cherished.
Living a Christian life does not mean we have a life with no problems! Our faith, combined with systems and strategies, can build hope and confidence to help you move forward and live your life to the full.
Author: Julie Fickel, RN, PG Cert Health Science, PG Dip Midwifery, Cert 4 T & A, Cert 4 Pastoral Care.
Julie is a midwife who has completed additional training in counselling for a range of women’s issues – such as birth trauma, menopause, intimacy and post natal depression – but also in the field of Christian counselling.
Please note: Julie Fickel is currently not practising