Sean R. Sears, MS, O.M.C., Pastoral Counselor
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As a counselor, my client’s individuality is respected, including their spiritual or religious beliefs, while recognizing that each person has unique reasons for receiving therapy. I desire to establish a safe environment that allows us to develop a collaborative relationship to assess issues, set goals and achieve growth. I believe that the starting point for growth and healing is in finding or re-establishing hope... “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”
I want my clients to know that I too have personally encountered many of the same issues that might bring them to counseling. I believe it is essential that they know my counsel does not come just from theory or training, but also actual life experiences. In other words, I see myself as a “wounded healer.”
I see a variety of clients, and I am most passionate about helping families. Areas of focus would include pre-marital counseling, marriages in crisis, parenting issues, adolescent issues, or working with the whole family. I also assist clients struggling with a variety of topics such as co-dependency/boundary issues, depression, stress, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, pornography, and anger to name a few. As a counselor with New Leaf Counseling, I can see clients at the Briarcliff and Plaza locations.
I received my B.S. in Administration of Justice with an emphasis on juveniles/families from Wichita State University. I have a Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University. I have been an ordained ministerial counselor since 2002. I am a certified Prepare/Enrich marital facilitator, trained in parenting with Love & Logic and a contributing author to Marriage.com. I have worked with adolescents, couples, and families for over 25 years. I served as the Director of a Residential Treatment Program for Adolescents for several years. Additionally, I had the privilege of mentoring, teaching and counseling dozens of men and women while overseeing a Leadership Training Program. My experience in helping develop and manage the pastoral care and counseling program at a large church has given me exposure and invaluable knowledge in dealing with a wide range of issues and people.
Please feel free to call or email me if you have questions.