Why Truth and Grace Counseling Exists, A conservative Therapist for you!

Welcome to my website and to my first article entry! My name is Johnny Sanders. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma and Texas. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and plan on residing here forever. Sorry Texas folks, I still like you (except for a certain Saturday in October.) I plan on making regular entries on here about my practice, cultural issues, theology and whatever topic I feel like writing about I like to write how I talk so get used to a lot of silly jokes and most importantly gifs/memes. If my goofy writing style annoys you then that’s just fine. It annoys my wife too. However, she is not going to give me up nor will she ever let me down.

There are two main reasons I decided to make Truth and Grace Counseling.

  1. Online video therapy rocks
  2. The world has gone crazy

I’ll break both of these down in their own section.

Let me give you a backstory into my counseling career. I have been a fully Licensed Professional Counselor since 2015 along with being under supervision for a year and a half prior to full licensing. I have done many different types of therapy over the years. My first job was doing home based counseling for foster kids. I got to drive all over the OKC metro to do this. This was a good first counseling job but it taught me two things. One, I don’t want to go to people’s homes anymore and two I don’t particularly love doing counseling with kids. I’m still shocked at the amount of no show’s to appointments I got when I literally came to their house. I love kids (I have two of my own) but in the counseling environment I felt out of my environment. I’m very skilled at getting adults to let their guard down and feel comfortable talking about difficult subjects with me. When I was working with kids I constantly felt like this wonderful Steve Buscemi meme when trying to counsel them.

Since that first job I’ve done a myriad of other counseling jobs including being a part of a group private practice, a partial hospitalization program with teenagers, an intensive outpatient group counseling program for the elderly and telehealth treatment for opioid management/general mental health. While I have enjoyed aspects from all of these jobs I have learned I am at my best when I am with adults 18 or older and when I offer services online.

BUT BUT BUT DOES ONLINE THERAPY EVEN WORK?!?!?!

This was the question I asked myself when I was offered a position for online counseling. At the time I was about to be fired from my job because of not following a certain health recommendation from a certain presidential administration that I am certain you will be able to guess. So I was in need of finding another position and quickly. I decided to give this online counseling position a go and I was blown away at the experience. All those no show’s I talked about that were present with in home based therapy have been drastically down. This is in part due to clients being able to attend counseling sessions wherever they please. Most of the time clients will be in a quiet part of their house. Others will be at their desk at work. Some will be in their car. Heck, a few have even been in Walmart (I don’t recommend this). The point being is this is an extremely convenient option for getting counseling services. It is so convenient that I have noticed not only no show rates being lower but also client success has been higher. It has been surprisingly easy to connect with my patients in this format. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing in person services. If you’re reading this and feel more comfortable meeting with someone in person then go for it! Feel free to use my contact page and I will do my best to find you a counselor that fits you better that you can see in person.

While I absolutely love doing virtual video counseling sessions the second section is the most important reason why I have started this practice.

The World has gone Crazy

So this phrase actually isn’t the most sound theology. Honestly the world has been crazy since Eve ate fruit from the wrong tree. But I’m sure you know what I am getting at. Our culture has had its fair share of problems throughout its history. I don’t plan on saying otherwise. However, what has been unique about our culture has been how much good it has done. There is a reason millions try to flock to our country every year. And I believe that is because God has blessed our country. We have also had men and women that have worked hard to try to honor this blessing. I will reiterate, I am not saying the good ol’ USA had no sins until the last couple of years. What I am saying is that our culture is going off the rails and it is going off quickly.

One such example is the rise in people using their “personal pronouns.” I’m sure you’re aware of this. Transgender ideology aside, (which there is a whole dark backstory into the origins of modern gender theory if you care to dig) the issue here is that us humans think we own the world. Even many Christians have a sort of theology that we can praise God in our personal time but our public life can’t have any religious bent to it. When you break that down it is an incredibly pompous and arrogant belief. This is God’s world, not ours. God made me and the pronouns that go along with my existence. I can say my pronouns are ze/zim/zer but that doesn’t make it true.

Since our culture has become even more secular/self centered, the post-modernist concept of truth has started to take over. In this worldview, truth is subjective and whatever you want it to be. The fact of the matter is Jesus Christ is The Truth (John 14:6). I plan on operating Truth and Grace Counseling from that position. He is the source of Truth, not you or I.

And while I still stand by how crazy the world is, I also know that our Savior offers grace. I am a sinner and am no better than some crazy ANTIFA member throwing his favorite molotov cocktail at the nearest BLM riot. Read the words of the apostle Paul describing his own sin

14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. (1 Tim 1:14-16 ESV)

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Wow. This is Paul we are talking about here. People, while the world has gone crazy Christ offers us grace. I truly wish for my practice here to emphasize this grace that I cannot give but Christ and Christ alone can.

If you’ve made it all the one to the end of this post for one I thank you and for another you need to find some better hobbies. If you are interested in knowing more about me or about how to begin online counseling from a Christian perspective please fill out the contact form.

Truth and Grace,

Johnny Sanders, LPC