Throughout our Undone series, we have learned about helpful resources in our LifeCare ministry including CareSeries, counseling, Celebrate Recovery, and more. This week, we hear from Kimberly Dean, LMFT, who serves as Pastor of LifeCare Kids and Teens.
Kimberly began in her role at Crossings in 2016 and has a unique calling for helping kids and families. “I love to build relationships with people, and I believe it is a privilege and honor to know someone’s story,” she said. “I know God has used my heart for people who are in pain and also my enthusiasm and energy with kids. I get to be a listener, motivator, and teacher–it’s the best of both worlds!”
In addition to counseling, Kimberly leads LifeCare Kids and Teens programming, which meets during CareSeries on Mondays and Celebrate Recovery on Thursdays and provides support for the whole family. “Whether someone is struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, or any other real-life relationship problem, I know healing is possible,” she said.
As someone who has such compassion for those who are struggling, Kimberly wants those who are experiencing trying seasons to connect with others and pursue counseling. “Counseling isn’t only for ‘broken people’ or ‘marriages on the brink of divorce,’” she said. “Counseling is for all stages of life and any size problem. You can never come in too early–counseling is for everyone at some point!
“Don’t be afraid to talk about your struggle,” she said. “Many times, people suffer alone because they don’t want to be a burden, but being heard and understood is invaluable. There are people who care and want to help.”
One of Kimberly’s favorite facets of counseling and LifeCare Kids and Teens is seeing God’s timing at work. “My favorite God moments relate to timing,” she said. “People come to group or counseling at exactly the right time and hear exactly the right thing for their situations. I know these are not coincidences!”
“Don’t be afraid to talk about your struggle. Many times, people suffer alone because they don’t want to be a burden, but being heard and understood is invaluable. There are people who care and want to help.” -Kimberly Dean
Kimberly recommends exploring LifeCare Kids and Teens programming and getting involved if you have a heart for kids and teens going through stressful times. She also recommends listening to Nurturing the Heart of a Child by Dr. Barbara Sorrels, Safe House by Dr. Joshua Straub, Brainstorm: Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dr. Daniel Siegel, and ADDitude Magazine.
LIFECARE KIDS & TEENS PROGRAMMING
To learn more about LifeCare Kids and Teens, visit crossings.church/lifecare/#lifetools.
Throughout our Undone series, we will hear from our LifeCare counselors and Congregational Care staff and learn more about resources available at Crossings.
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