Counseling and Career Center

St. Bonifacius, Minnesota
United States

About Counseling

Everyone struggles from time to time. Yes, even Christians! And the college years can often be challenging in many ways. It’s not unusual for Christians to wrestle with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship/family struggles, adjustment issues, addictions, eating and body image issues, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, grief and loss, etc. Our counselors are here to partner with you in your process of healing and growth by providing PERSONAL COUNSELING.

But life is not just about struggling, it's also about dreaming, thriving and flourishing. So, we are also here to provide CAREER COUNSELING for as well, as you dream about your future, find your purpose, passion and vocation and explore career options. All to assist you in discovering yourself and finding out what it is you want to do with your “one wild and precious life.”

So whether it’s for personal counseling or career counseling, our goal is to help you thrive, flourish and live life to the full during your college years and beyond. (John 10:10)

More INFO about personal counseling sessions:

What can I expect at my first session? During the 50 minutes interview, you can expect your counselor to ask about your present concerns and background, answer any questions you may have, and discuss your goals and the beginning ways to achieve them. You can expect to “tell your story” and be genuinely heard.

How does counseling work? Counseling is a mutual, collaborative process. You and your counselor will work together to develop goals on which you want to work. Your counselor cannot change you, but will act as a facilitator. Only you can change yourself. Your counselor is committed to help you as you make efforts to work on the problems or issues that concern you. Counseling works best when you and your counselor develop a good working relationship based on mutual trust, honesty and respect. If you are experiencing any problems or difficulties relating to your counselor, we encourage you to discuss these with him/her and attempt to reach some resolution. Sometimes you and your counselor may decide that it is best for you to meet with another therapist.

Counseling Outcomes. No one can guarantee that counseling will produce certain results. There are some risks associated with counseling. For example, you may discover things about yourself that are uncomfortable; sometimes relationships change as a result of counseling; if you are discussing a traumatic event with your counselor, sometimes the feelings get more intense. We can assure you that your counselor will use his/her professional skills to the best of his/her ability to address your concerns and help manage possible risks. No one can tell you exactly how long it will take you to achieve benefit. Some people come away from some sessions without feeling they have gained, but later things begin to fit into place. Others gain from the start. Some take a few steps forward, and then retreat. It is not unusual to resist making changes. After all, you may have been the way you are for a long time and sometimes change is a frightening thing.

Some helpful ideas to consider:

  1. Come prepared with issues or topics to talk about with your counselor and take the initiative in the session to bring these issues up.
  2. Spend time between schedules sessions thinking about your discussions.
  3. Follow through on the actions you agreed to take while you were in session.
  4. Take notes before, during, and after your sessions.
  5. Ask questions.
  6. Be honest.

Crown Counseling Staff for the 2020-21:

Rev. Bill Johnson (Director Counseling and Career Center)

Educational Background: MDiv., Ordained Pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, MA in Professional Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Approved Supervisor through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Ronda Adelmann MA Candidate (Intern)

Educational Background: MA in Counseling Psychology from Crown expected completion date May 2021

Holly Corley MA Candidate (Intern)

Educational Background: MA in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary's expected completion date May 2021

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