Laura Hart is the founder of Feed My Sheep Christian Counseling Ministry serving Hermitage, Old Hickory and Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, as well as the Nashville, TN surrounding areas. She is a nationally Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certified with board certification in Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Crisis and Abuse Therapy, as well as Domestic Violence and Intervention Therapy. Laura was commissioned as a Minister of Counseling in 1995 and ordained as a Minister of Pastoral Counseling in 2005 by the National Conservative Christian Church, a church dispersed and an evangelical ministerial fellowship. She’s been in the counseling ministry since 1994.
In 1996 she served on staff as Chaplain for the Women’s Ministries at the Nashville Union Rescue Mission. The two divisions she served under included The Hope Center, a drug and alcohol recovery center, and The Family Life Center, a homeless shelter for women and their children. Her ministry duties were to help women solve relationship problems, emotional disorders, parental training needs, and alcohol and drug addiction. She has also served in various volunteer ministry positions in the surrounding counties of Nashville, Tennessee.
Laura earned a Bachelors degree in Christian Education and a Masters degree in Christian Counseling from Freedom University. She later went on to earn her PhD in Clinical Christian Psychology from Cornerstone University.
Laura Hart firmly believes in the principle of accountability. She is held to strict academic, ethical, and moral standards by the licensing board of examiners with the National Christian Counselors Association. She is an Associate member and a Certified Clinical Supervisor for the National Board of Christian Clinical Therapists, a Certified Pastoral member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and is one of the academy’s International Representatives and a member of the Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors. She is also an active member of a local church in her community of residence.
It is important that I share some information about myself and the services I provide so a fully informed decision can be made about using my services.
First and foremost, I am a Christian counselor. I understand that if I hide my beliefs or try to do value-free counseling that it is both unwise and deceptive, so I want it to be known what my values and beliefs are.
Like most counselors, I recognize that personal problems may come about because of physiology, social-environmental influences and psychological pressures. On the other hand, I also acknowledge that many problems may be spiritual in nature, resulting from either not understanding spiritual truths or from one’s own personal transgressions. I believe we are all created in God’s image and we can only feel complete and fulfilled when properly engaged in a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Thus, Christian counseling will differ from other kinds of counseling in that it is very concerned with the spiritual as well as the emotional and physical needs of clients. The main goal of Christian counseling, like the goal of Christian living, will be to enable clients to move toward greater emotional and spiritual health through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Most people who seek counseling desire to work with a counselor who respects and understands their faith and belief system. Christian counseling is not limited to psychological techniques or to human effort and wisdom for healing and growth. Because God is the real authority in counseling He gives us the resources to change. Struggles with anger, depression, or substance abuse often have implications for a person’s faith and their perceptions of God and His grace. Fully addressing these issues should allow a person to explore their level of understanding in an environment that will be open and nonjudgmental. Christian counseling should involve praying for the client’s difficulties and looking to God for guidance. The client can find forgiveness for the past; strength, comfort and encouragement for the present; and hope for the future by trusting God to daily meet needs and heal emotional wounds. While I do not try to force religion on my clients, I do urge them to develop a relationship with the only true Healer of body, soul, and spirit, Jesus Christ. In this way, I seek to encourage clients to build a dependency on
Kathy Guidry is on staff with Feed My Sheep Christian Counseling Services. She has over 20 years of experience helping many individuals be set free from spiritual, emotional and mental blocks so they were able to become the artists, musicians, writers, and successful people they have been created to be. She specializes in helping people discover their hidden gifts inside in order for them to fulfill their dreams and vision. Kathy is an artist and musician herself. She is also a teacher, author, nutritionist and counselor. Kathy is the author of Willing To Change, a book about changing eating lifestyle. Her book teaches the reader how to be rid of all diets and obsession with food and weight.
Kathy is an Ordained Minister through Hunter Ministries and a Licensed Minister of Pastoral Care through National Conservative Christian Church. She is also a trained Theophostic Minister*. She received her Bachelors in Expressive Therapy from Lesley College in Boston, Massachusetts and her Bachelors in Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She went on to complete her Masters in Christian Ministries at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Professionally she has extensive personal training and knowledge in addictions, co-dependency, relationships, weight loss, nutrition, and music and art therapy.
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* Theophostic is using prayer and inviting the presence of Christ to bring healing, transformation and a renewed mind to areas one may be unable to find resolution.