Lynn Holden, NCC, LPC - counselor/spiritual director
Who I Am..

I am a licensed professional counselor and a spiritual director.  Although these are two distinct disciplines, I see a lot of overlap.  Many who seek counseling are seeking greater health and wholeness which, in my mind, is the work of the Spirit.  Many who seek spiritual direction discover old wounds and emotional patterns that are obstacles to God, which can be the work of counseling.

Whether you are in the midst of a difficult time, are tired of the pain of the past, or are awakening to deeper longings within, I honor your story and treat you with respect. Rather than a medical model, I work from a model of personal growth. This means that I think of this very important work as a natural part of human life, rather than the treatment of pathology. People who work with me say that over time their perspective broadens and deepens, and they discover that this is what is most helpful for them. I love witnessing what emerges when people are given the time, tools and space to reflect on their lives!

See more about me at www.mapledrivecounseling.com.
 
"Life is meant to be lived from a Center, a divine Center.  Each one of us can live a life of amazing power and peace and serenity, of integration and confidence and simplified multiplicity, on one condition - that is,
if we really want to."

~ Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion
 
 
More...  

I am an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and am active in the life of a local congregation and the broader church. I love reading the mystics and saints of the church, and participate in the life and leadership of several ecumenical and contemplative communities. I also enjoy teaching centering prayer and practicing it with some of the men who are incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail.  I have worked the 19th Annotation of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises (A Retreat in Everyday Life) and the Exercises continue to give me a workout! I have also completed the foundations course and practicum in Gestalt Pastoral Care and the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh's third year advanced training; Gestalt Pastoral Care is a synthesis of Gestalt growth work, healing prayer and spiritual companioning. All of these experiences are a part of who I am, and continue to shape me and my perspective and response to life.

Areas of Professional Interest...
In addition to spirituality, I am interested in working with individuals who are going through a time of adjustment or life transition, having difficulty in their relationships, or are struggling with self esteem, guilt, shame, forgiveness, sadness, fear, stress, grief or loss.  I also appreciate the opportunity to support individuals who are working a program of recovery, and to help guide family members who may be confused, hurt or lack information about addiction.


Credentials and Qualifications...

The following information is important only if it helps put you at ease.  It simply means that I have met or exceeded the standards set forth by these institutions of higher education, the state, and the governing bodies of various professional organizations.


Education ...
 
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College and my Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University.  I have also completed Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's Spiritual Formation certificate program, a 2-year Ministry of Spiritual Direction program through the Center for Spiritual Formation, and advanced Gestalt training.

I regularly participate in continuing education events and am  a member of The American Counseling Association and Spiritual Directors International.
 
 
 
 
 





Work Experience
 
Prior to starting my private practice, I worked for Gateway Rehabilitation Center, leading groups and counseling individuals who have a desire to recover from chemical addictions. I have also worked for Samaritan Counseling Center of Southwest PA where I provided individual and couples counseling and spiritual direction. While at Samaritan, I led staff retreats, retreats for church and clergy groups, and a retreat for married couples. I also represented Samaritan Counseling Center by providing educational programs for churches.
 
Prior to my work as a counselor and spiritual director, I worked as an elementary school teacher and in the banking systems industry.  I share this so that you will know that I have life experience beyond my current scope.
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In Summary
Education and Training 
 
    
 
  • Ministry of Spiritual Direction
      
 
  • Bachelor of Arts degree

         Foundations Course
         Practicum
      
         Third-year Advanced program

 
Relevant Work Experience
 
  • Gateway Rehabilitation Center: providing individual and group counseling services to chemically addicted adults and their families.
 
  • Samaritan Counseling Center of Southwest PA: counseling children, adolescents, adults, and couples; providing spiritual direction to clergy and lay people; leading retreats and workshops.
 
Credentials
 
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (Pennsylvania)
 
  • National Certified Counselor
 
 
Professional Affiliations
 
 

 
  • Chi Sigma Iota: Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
 
  • Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology
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Above All, Trust in the Slow Work of God
 
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.  We should like to skip the intermediate stages.  We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown,          something new.  Yet it is the law of all progress that is made  by passing through some stages of instability and that may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you.  Your ideas mature gradually.   Let them grow.  Let them shape themselves without undue haste.  Do not try to force them on  as though you could be today what time   -- that is to say, grace --    and circumstances         acting on your own good will  will make you tomorrow.  Only God could say what this new Spirit gradually forming in you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.  Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser.
Amen.
 
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
 
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Contact me at 412.303.3548 or by email, lynnholdenllc@gmail.com
 
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