Welcome

Welcome to LMPC (Little Mountain Pastoral Counselling), thanks for showing an interest.

We’re living in challenging times in this season of Covid. Times not always easy to navigate and times that perhaps cause issues to arise that are hard to ignore or escape. That would be normal and understandable. Sometimes having someone to talk to and who will listen can release the pressure and make room for new perspectives.

I’m offering a Counselling service from my home after many years of walking alongside people from all strands of life as Pastor of a local church. I love encouraging people, am not easily shocked, don’t like religious stuff, and hope you’ll enjoy browsing this website. If I can help in any way don’t be shy to be in touch.

When you share a burden you halve the load

When you halve the load you stand up taller

When you stand up taller you breathe more easily

When you breathe more easily you look around

When you look around you see the view

When you see the view you discover a way forward

And when you discover a way forward, HOPE ARISES!

     John Cox – Just the Other Day

John B and W

Almost every person experiences seasons in their life when challenges arise that are unexpected or unforeseen. Sometimes those moments catch us unaware and leave us feeling disoriented, full of questions and empty of explanations. Because we haven’t been here before it can be a lonely and even frightening journey.

Pastoral counselling embraces an understanding of what it means to be fully alive to include paying attention to our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. While there’s much mystery in these areas it is possible to be proactive and creative in exploring how these aspects of what ‘being human’ means. Usually our challenges have valid and authentic roots. It’s never weak to have needs, admit struggles, or to ask for help. In fact, asking for help is a sign of integrity and maturity.

LMPC offers a safe environment where you can ‘be yourself’ without fear of rejection, shame, or judgement. No matter how bad our situation there’s always hope for the future. We don’t have to live as victims of our past or our circumstances. Sometimes it feels we are powerless and imprisoned by relationships or situations beyond our control. That’s when having someone to talk to and walk alongside us can provide the breathing room and encouragement we need for hope to rise up. We can be empowered to make choices that give us healthy boundaries, learn how to let go of excess baggage, and begin to dream again.

At the bottom of this page are testimonials from people from all walks of life that I’ve had the privilege of walking alongside.

Here’s a link for my blog Googling for God: https://googleforgod.ca/

During an intensely difficult period of my life, I reached out (or rather, up) to John to pull me from the depths of despair. I found John to be a kind individual with a big smile and a welcoming disposition. John is a balance of empathy and pragmatism, and is a wealth of wisdom, life experience, spirituality and insight. He guided me from a pit of desperation to a place of hope. John is perceptive and intuitive, knowing when to listen and when to draw me out when I reached an impasse. John worked with me from a position of understanding and compassion, and facilitated a real-world strategy to cope with the loss and grief I was experiencing. My time with John has allowed me to forgive the past and embrace the future. From my heart, I thank John.

I would recommend John to anyone seeking an authentic and results-oriented counsellor.

Authentic

Coming out of many years of chronic addiction John believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, presented many opportunities for growth, challenged me to take risks and supported my choices. He encouraged me to dream again and to dream big. He took time to listen to me and to hear what I was saying even when what I was saying wasn’t with words. He valued my opinions and validated my feelings. He taught me what grace looks like and how to forgive myself and others. He taught me how to trust again, in God, in myself and in men. He recognized my gifts and abilities that I didn’t know I had and helped me go after my future without fear. He taught me how to be confident in myself and stick up for what I believe in. He showed me what love is and how to receive it. I am forever thankful that he has been in my life. Most of all he lit a fire in my heart for Jesus……

John Believed in Me