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June 6, 2014

New Hope counseling celebrates 10 years

New Hope Counseling Center in Centerville celebrated their 10th anniversary in January.

A lot has happened since the faith-based, non-profit and non-licensed local charity counseling center incorporated in 2003 and opened in January 2004.

They have added the New Hope Prayer and Worship Center in Mystic, a satellite center in Albia, moved to a new location in Centerville this January, developed or is in the process of developing a series of specialty books and plans to market their counseling materials nationwide later this year.

“When we first started it was just a local charity organization,” Cindy Farrington, founder and New Hope Counseling Center executive director, said. “We were founded as a faith-based charitable organization. And it’s set up as a Biblical counseling center and in our small minds that’s all we thought it would ever be. Just a little local ministry doing counseling.”

Farrington said it was while living in Illinois and working as a crisis counselor that she began to realize emotional and relational problems stemmed from a variety of places. She said it was the Lord speaking to her about a Biblical counseling center that would change people instead of just meeting a person’s point of crisis and then they go back to their old ways.

“Which I found very frustrating,” Farrington said. “Because the people come at the point of crisis and you help them get past that point of crisis and then they just go back to the exact same things that was causing the problems in the first place.”

After researching other Christian-based counseling methods, Farrington said she was able to identify eight main root problems behind all emotional, relational and spiritual problems: Counterfeit spiritual experiences, generational problems, believing lies, unforgiveness, pride, rebellion, causing offense and habitual sins.

“So we don’t waste time counseling on issues,” Farrington said. “We just counsel on these root problems. And if you deal with those roots first then issues tend to disappear along the way.”

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