We are passionate to serve our clients in their many different needs and to walk alongside of them in whatever trials arise. We are also devoted to equipping our counselors with exceptional counseling techniques, the ability to incorporate faith within the counseling process, and discernment for which approach will help the most. One:12 deeply values our larger community, and we seek to engage others outside of One:12 to share in a common goal of meeting our clients’ holistic needs.
We desire to help our clients to be able to confidently say:
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
– James One:12
We believe that God has called us to a service beyond anything we could imagine on our own. He asks us to “use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace” (1 Pet. 4:10). Additionally, Ephesians 2:10 tells us that in Christ, we were created “to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” At One:12, we are truly blessed that we get to live out that calling to serve and do good works as counselors.
We desire to meet clients in the midst of their need and to walk with them through the process of finding healing and wholeness. We want counseling to be a safe place to do the work that is needed. We offer support and a framework that provides a path for healing. The counseling process can be challenging at times, and we want to encourage hope in clients that the journey is worth the outcome. It is a blessing for us to bolster our clients with the knowledge that they will find victory as we persevere together with Him (cf. James 1:12). Throughout the journey, our desire is for our clients to feel safe, cared for, and encouraged as they invest in the counseling process.
Often times, the issues that a client brings to counseling can be fueled by something deeper. Our approach is to support our clients with their immediate concern while also helping them to connect to deeper areas that could fuel the issue. As the immediate concern subsides, we want to help our clients grow in health so that the problem does not return.
It is literally a joy to help a client move from a place of crisis to a place of health. Each of our counselors has a passion and calling to do this work of serving our clients. No matter where a client is in life, we either have someone who is equipped to help or we will assist them in finding someone for the issues they are facing.
We desire to help our counselors be able to confidently say:
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.”
– 1 Timothy One:12
We daily see the great need for well-equipped counselors. Truly, “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matt. 9:37). At One:12, we strive for our counselors to “be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17) by providing exceptional counseling techniques that are rooted in biblical principles. We support their continued growth as counselors through supervision, educational trainings, and encouragement in God’s Word.
Additionally, we encourage them to continually develop their clinical approach. Just as counseling is a healthy process to be in no matter where you are in life, continued growth and development is a healthy process for our counselors no matter how long they have been in the profession. As we continue to grow, we are better equipped to carry out God’s calling to serve our clients (cf. Eph 4:12). Over and over again, we have seen God work through us to help those who are in need. It is truly a blessing to be used by God to carry out His work, and as we are prepared and willing to serve, we are able to persevere in our efforts to see God bring healing and peace to those who are suffering (cf. Gal. 6:9). This perseverance happens best in community (cf. Ecc. 4:12).
We desire to foster a community within One:12 that shares our lives together in Christ. We desire to share not only in the blessings of God’s love, but also in His calling. This creates a connection over common goals, values, roles, and God’s leading. We desire to be a team, a body, a family. We want a community that challenges us to move beyond self-interest and commit ourselves to a life of serving others together. As people walk beside us in community, we gain perspective. We gain objectivity and accountability. We gain courage in difficult situations. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17). Our community allows us learn from each other to be better equipped to counsel our clients.
We confidently say about community that:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”
– Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
At One:12, we desire to foster a larger community that supports and challenges us to serve together (cf. 3 John 1:8). We need our larger Charlotte community to help carry out our calling of serving our clients and equipping our counselors.
One of the common problems in our society is the failure to function as a team. Too often, organizations and clinical practices try to do it all independently of each other. When this happens, everyone comes up short. Community is a team effort that requires the cooperation of all members of God’s body, each doing its own work (cf. Ep. 4:16). It reflects how we each play a different role in a larger body, but that we are all needed to reach our common goal.
A commitment to teamwork not only helps to accomplish goals, it also creates the foundation for continued and renewed growth for everyone. Our working together includes a shared sense of purpose and meaning and an ability to “carry each other’s burdens” (Gal 6:2). We gain support, connectivity and understanding through each other’s thoughts and perspectives, and it helps us to not be alone in our process. We are able to learn new approaches, collaborate over which approach may help the most, and receive confirmation that we are taking the best approach for care – sharpening each other in our collective efforts (cf. Prov. 27:17).
We believe that it is important to engage other helping professionals in the Charlotte area. In doing so, our ability to serve our clients can continue to grow as we create a network of resources for holistic health far beyond what we could offer on our own.