Fears & Things That Go Bump in the Night

by Carolyn Knarr, MSW, LCSW, Director of Children’s Therapeutic Services

Childhood fears are a normal part of growing up. Children who have vivid imaginations, or who have been exposed to circumstances or ideas that are beyond their understanding will be more likely to have fears. God gave us fears to keep us safe. For example, a child with a fear of fire would avoid playing with matches. A child afraid of heights will be more careful when hiking or exploring.

Fears change as …

Abandonment, Self-Sabotage, & Relationships

Have you ever found yourself sabotaging  relationships of your own or known someone who has? Self-sabotage is a common struggle that individuals may face in the process of building and maintaining relationships. Generally speaking, self-sabotage stems from self-abandonment. In other words, an individual struggles with loving themselves. Throughout our life, the more we struggle with self-limiting, self-defeating core beliefs of being unlovable and unworthy, …

Heights: It’s All About the Altitude

By Jessica Webb

For as long as I can remember, I have had a fear of heights. One vivid memory I have involving fear and heights is from a church trip I took to Buffalo, New York when I was in middle school. We went to a state park and one of the attractions of this park was the hiking trails and lookout points at the top of the cliffs. This park is advertised as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, so you can imagine how high up these lookout points are. Near one, there is a train track bridge that…

Swimming with Whale Sharks: Intern Counselor Faces His Fear

Agape intern counselor Geries Shaheen took a step towards facing his fear this past summer by swimming with whale sharks! Read on to hear his story…

“I grew up swimming in the Mediterranean Sea as a child. Many times I would walk up and down the shore on my own after school. I didn’t fear the ocean. One day while my grandparents and I were swimming, the pull of the sea yanked me very far. I had already been swimming at a distance from my grandparents. I couldn’t…