Some paths in life are better than others. A path guided by Biblical wisdom and faith in God offers a better way to life, love and relationships. After more than 25 years as a therapist and a husband, I've seen the profound benefits from living the Christian faith.
One of my strengths as a therapist is to combine the best of psychological insights with timeless biblical principles. Your faith will be included in your therapy process. In fact, most clients find their faith will grow and deepen as they grow and change. My graduate studies included three years of studying the Bible in its original languages. I'll reference stories or biblical principles for clients that relate to your specific needs. Not just knowing God's Word--but applying it daily--can make all the difference in life.
A graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary, I have also taught as an adjunct professor in the School of Psychology on Psychotherapy with Men. One of my interests over the years has been understanding the unique needs of men in their emotions and relationships. That interest led to co-author the book, What Wives Wish their Husbands Knew about Sex: A Guide for Christian Men (with Ryan Howes, Ph.D. and Stephen Simpson, Ph.D., Baker Books: 2007). The book gives Christian men the keys to a healthy and enjoyable sexual life. I've enjoyed speaking about my book in radio interviews and at the Saddleback Church Men's Retreat. My second book will soon be available on raising boys into Christian manhood.
My services include individual, pre-marital and marriage counseling. Issues that are commonly addressed in individual counseling include depression, anxiety, anger, self-criticism, bitterness and problems with intimacy. Marriage counseling includes instruction on better ways to communicate, listen and work through conflicts. Sex therapy addresses issues from no-sex marriages to recovery from affairs and sexual addiction. Marriages with patterns of blame and shame learn new patterns of grace and affection.
Premarital counseling gives couples the foundation they need to build a marriage and love that lasts. Assessments and other resources offer invaluable tools for newlyweds. If you're planning a wedding, be sure to plan for your marriage first.
Multi-cultural and multi-racial couples can face unique differences that can lead to conflicts. I have years of experience in helping couples from different cultural backgrounds, especially with Asian-American marriages. I have a personal background with Filipino, Chinese and Japanese culture. Couples therapy can build understanding and explore how cultural differences can enrich and strengthen a marriage.
Give me a call to start your changes now. Let me know your goals and needs. We can also discuss scheduling and any questions you may have.
Learn more about Richard Rupp in Pasadena in his blog, The Marriage Coach Blog.