I will be speaking on:
Understanding and Identifying Mental Health Issues
Anxiety in the Church: Understanding and Supporting Those Affected
Anxiety is rampant in our society, and the church is not immune. In order to help congregants effectively manage their anxiety, leaders must attend to three areas: the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual. This session will offer practical guidance in each of these three areas to help individuals handle anxiety when it comes their way.
Mental Health FAQ: Education
What are some of the most common signs of depression or anxiety that we should watch out for in our church members?
Sara Blakeney is a marriage and family therapist at Restoration Counseling in Fort Worth, Texas. She provides counseling for a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, marital conflict, boundaries, and spiritual issues. She is trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
With a master's degree in counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD in Divinity from the University of Aberdeen, Sara's focus and passion have always been the integration of psychology and theology.
Since 1998, she has worked in both pastoral and clinical settings to help believers resolve the cognitive dissonance that comes with being new creations in Christ inhabiting a fallen world.
Much of her ministry has been to the millennial generation, and this expertise brings a unique dimension to the therapeutic setting by helping family members bridge the generation gap so that they can understand and appreciate one another more fully. She is currently serving as Professor of Millennial Faith and Culture at Missional University. Her recent book on the subject is
Calling Out the Gold: Equipping Millennials to be the Next Church Leaders.