Since the opening of our counseling center in mid 2016, the Lord has blessed us with the opportunity to join Him in helping many people. Since then, we have been able to hold more than 1100 sessions. In many of them, the Lord has given us the opportunity to share the gospel at a deeper level, but in all of them He was visibly at work, restoring hope, mending relationships, saving marriages and much more. Here are some testimonials that convey what some of our recent counselees had to say.
I was referred to Grace Family Church Biblical Counseling Center by a dear Christian friend. I was so busted and broken, just leaving a long term problematic relationship. I was loaded with fear, doubt and insecurities, coupled with co-dependency. I felt hopeless and detached from the world wondering if I would ever feel normal again. The loneliness was paramount and at times I wanted to quit.
l remember the first time I walked into the center. I was warmly greeted and accepted. I sat with my counselor and without judgment of my past he listened to my story and commended me for walking away from a sin-filled life. The counselor assured me he would not give up on me and would work with me to get through these emotions. He kept reinforcing to me that I am loved by God and God will never leave me nor forsake me. He kept reminding me that I am not alone, and God is with me. My hopelessness turned into hope, and my journey to have a new personal relationship with the Lord began.
I cannot express enough how this biblical counseling has helped me. The counselor is a man of great faith and encouragement and loves the Lord, which pours out when he is counseling. He has spent endless hours guiding me to the Lord, redirecting my negative thinking and directing me to scripture where God’s truth resides. I don’t know where my life would be today if I never walked into the center. I’m not where I want to be yet but I’m sure not where I used to be. I now realize I don’t have to focus on my anxiety and/or sadness. I can choose to focus on God’s truth. Yes, it is a choice!!!
If you feel hopeless, fearful, insecure or alone, thinking of being too broken to be fixed, or that your sins are too deep and dark for God to forgive, then trust in knowing that if God forgave me, He is the same God that will forgive you and will restore your wrongful thinking if you trust in Him. Don’t sit back and let the enemy convince you that there is no hope. I am grateful to Grace Family Church for leading me to the Lord and never giving up on me. They are a true blessing from God.
My family and I are deeply thankful for what Grace Family Church Biblical Counseling Center has done to help strengthen and heal our family. When we first started counseling we were quite the mess. My husband and I were trying to navigate our way through parenting a teenager along with a newborn and a one year old. We asked for counseling to help build the relationship between my husband and teen daughter.
What Grace Family Church did for us was so much more than we ever expected. They have taught us so much about parenting and family, all while staying inside the word of God! It has changed everything for us! While our life is not perfect, we now have the tools to deal with situations as they come. One of my favorite, simplest things they have thought me is that it is not about making them happy. As a parent who was a single mom for five years, that is all I ever wanted for my daughter. Their words, “I love you and want what is best for you, and what is best for you won’t always make you happy” have stuck with me every day! They helped me to begin building a healthy and loving relationship with my teenager. It has stopped most of the “wheeling and dealing” along with the arguing!
Grace Family Church Biblical Counseling Center has been a true blessing to us and all those they help! We can’t thank God enough for all they have done! We will be forever grateful that God has placed them in our lives!
What a blessing Grace Family Church Biblical Counseling and Training Center is for our brothers and sisters in Christ. His name and work alone are praised in this building that the Lord has raised up for His purposes.
I know, for I have observed His people: His sons and daughters being helped and healed again and again. For everyone who came in to seek and receive His counsel and acted upon it have been set free as His Word promises us. It has been both observable and countable. Each case is special, unique for that person or persons seeking His help through His Word. Yet, there is an underlying similarity to each case: a breakdown in understanding of His Word, a lack of clarity and certainty, and/or a slow walk away from His counsel that leads into captivity for His children. Matthew 6:33 is a foundational verse of strength which gives direction to our life (although there are many others): “But seek first the Kingdom of heaven and His righteousness and all things will be given to you as well.” (NIV) I believe it is the place we start and end with at the Center. We counsel people to come to the deep and correct meaning of Scripture, for it teaches us His light and purposes in this life He has called us to live in Him.
This is what happens at the Center: His love, truth, and light leading His sons and daughters into freedom and Kingdom living. The learning and counsel I have received there is of the greatest worth. It has never failed to provide clarity and healing to me. Our Savior’s model of a life of love and service becomes, over time, our model in, by, and through Him in us.
I was struggling with anxiety for five years and couldn’t get control of it. It was robbing me of life’s joys, and I was missing out! Depression was creeping in and I knew I needed help. A friend suggested Grace Family Church and their Biblical Counseling Center. I talked with them about my anxiety and was pointed to Jesus in a way I hadn’t been before. It took time for me to see that I didn’t need to put my focus on anxiety, but rather on Jesus, and it made all the difference. I am so grateful for their time, love and message of hope that can transform lives like mine.
Grace Family Church Biblical Counseling Center has been a God sent to me. What they do is biblically sound, professional and caring, with intent to help a person foster their relationship back to God and others. This is a program like no other I have seen. The team is professional and caring, giving their time humbly to people that need it. There is some science, i.e. physiology, that appeals to me, but all tied to the Word of God. I have been blessed to have come across such a valuable resource and pray that many will benefit from this gold mine.
I was referred to Grace Family Church Biblical Counseling Center last fall when I felt I was at the end of my rope, a place many of us I am sure can relate to. I was in search for a counselor for my teen daugher who was repeatedly acting out, not showing respect or obedience, and who seemed to be on an emotional roller coaster.
As I met with Dr. Cozzi over the first few weeks, I was eager to make that transition to the opportunity to “get” her in to deal with “her” issues. What I never could have imagined was that the journey would begin with me and my heart. As the weeks passed, there started to be subtle changes. I noticed those changes in myself from God’ grace, but I also started to see the same grace afforded to my daughter. The same love that poured out for me, also poured out for her.
Through the journey of counseling with Dr. Cozzi, I was able to rediscover crucial principles as well as discover some new ones. They are biblical truths that can and will sustain me in every situation of my life. I finally began to understand better the love that God has for me and for everyone else. I learned that I am not alone, nor do I ever have to be alone. God’s strength has become my anchor.
Through God’s love, grace and mercy, now I can better parent my daughter, as I continue growing in my relationship with the Lord. I can clearly see a teen who is no longer an emotional wreck. She may still react, but she also takes the time to respond. I don’t have to fear trials as I did before, because now I know that there will be a beginning and an end, and that I will be sustained through it all. I learned that changes were happening right within me that spilled over in such positive and powerful ways into my daughter as well.
Through the guidance, compassion and support at Grace Family Church, I have been given the opportunity to intimately get to know my God, better understand what He has destined for me and how to achieve it. A wise fellow Christian once told me: don’t tell, explain, discuss or debate…. Show them. I think it is very important that we allow God’s love to shine through us. It is after all by our love for one another that the world will know that we are Christians.
I started counseling because I didn’t want to live anymore, these thoughts were constant and overwhelming. I tried so many things to make the pain go away and I didn’t know what to do anymore. This counseling center was my last try before getting medication. I had very little faith, barely any joy, and zero peace. I felt completely alone, like I couldn’t feel God in my life anymore.
It is crazy overwhelming for me to look back and see how different I was before counseling. My whole perspective and way of thinking has changed.
I have been a Christian ever since I can remember, but this process has shown me who God really is. He is infinitely bigger than anything I will face and he guarantees that it will all work together for my good because I love him and he has a plan for me.
I now have peace in my heart and I actually understand what that means. It isn’t the absence of turmoil, difficulties or suffering, but an assurance and reliance on God through the ups and downs. God is sovereign over all and he wants the best for me. Who am I to question the means of an all knowing, all powerful, holy God?
The most noticeable difference for me is how much anxiety I would get around groups of people. I now talk freely and share my thoughts because I understand that what they think of me doesn’t change my position with God. His opinion is the only one that matters and it isn’t situational, it never changes. My worth does not depend on the opinion of people. I have found so much freedom in this fact.
When I first started this I couldn’t feel God’s presence, like he left me hanging. The thing I am most thankful for is my perspective on this. God will never leave me or forsake me. It’s not about a feeling, or a lack of one, it’s about a fact. Every day I am aware of his presence, not a feeling but a knowing. I know of the strength he gives me when I have barely slept and I need to teach all day. I know of the peace He gives me to step out in faith and do something I am scared out of my mind to do. I know that if God has a plan for my life, nothing can get in his way. I am so thankful that God knows what is best for me and my life.