IN THEIR OWN WORDS: TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR CLIENTS
V.H. - Female, Age 56
Life changing is the first thought that comes to mind when I think of my counseling experience with Daren Lowman. I had struggled with depression over the years and was on medication during the time I experienced the deepest darkest days of my life. Killing myself seemed to be the only way out of my agony. As a Christian I knew these thoughts were wrong. I had to get help.
Fast forward I found Daren and that’s when my life began to change for the better. He uncovered issues from my past that still affected me at age 56. The kind, wise council enabled me to speak of things I never told anyone and it freed me. He also used a technique called EMDR to help me face those difficult times in my life in a safe, caring environment. None of this was easy, but with Daren’s expertise I made it through and my life has been transformed because of it. BEST DECISION EVER.
M.B. - Male, Age 50
I first came to Daren Lowman in the midst of the most painful crisis I've ever experienced: After 20 years of marriage, my festering addiction to pornography had erupted into a series of adulterous affairs that devastated my marriage, caused many friends to withdraw from me in confusion and mistrust, shattered my sense of who I was, and left me and my family with almost no hope, wondering where God could possibly be in this ugly mess. Daren's patient, Spirit-led counsel began to open the door for me to hear from God again and to receive His love and forgiveness in ways I had never dreamed possible.
He taught me to listen to God in prayer, which proved to be the crucial first step in releasing me from my long, shameful bondage to lust. Daren's extensive knowledge of and experience with sex addiction - its causes and consequences - allowed him to purposefully walk me through the process of recovering a sense of who God created me to be. He asked penetrating questions that helped me get at the root of the faulty core beliefs I held about God and myself; He pointed the way for both my wife and I to receive ongoing help and support in recovering from the trauma we were both experiencing. Under his skilled guidance, I was able to begin the long journey of repairing the damage in my marriage, and rebuilding trust in all my relationships. Now almost two-and-a-half years later, I can honestly say that my life, my marriage, and my friendships would not be in the healthy state they are had it not been for Daren's consistent, loving help.
Robin - Female, Age 48
We began meeting with Daren because we were at the lowest low coming off of a divorce and an interstate move. The communication between my teen son and I had completely broken down and I was on the verge of giving up as a mother. Daren skillfully helped me understand my part while challenging faulty ideas I had about myself. Understanding my worth in God’s eyes transformed the way I parented. Over time the relationship with my son was restored and trust began to build again because of Daren’s wise counsel. Daren is particularly insightful, caring, and encouraging. He is intentional and kept us going through the process towards the goal of healthy relationship. We would not be enjoying the fruit of being a healthy new family without the extraordinary and inspired counsel that Daren provided for my two sons, my son-in-law and daughter and me.
A.S. - Female, Age 38
In the early days of my divorce I felt like I was trapped in the eye of a hurricane, watching my entire life swirl around me. Daren was the one person who I could count on to listen to me, impartially, and help me find my mooring through my mourning. As my life began to stabilize, Daren helped me learn how to discern the truth, encouraged me to build a strong foundation, and helped me understand how to build healthy boundaries. Now, even though I've left those days of crisis behind, Daren continues to assist me in growing towards the "me" I want to be. It's been hard work, but having Daren lead me through the process was an investment that has already paid off.
David - Male, Age 28
In many ways I felt like my life was over after the breakup with my fiancée. My fiancée meant the world to me, and dealing with the end of our relationship has been the most difficult experience of my life. However, I've been able to work through things and grow in ways I wouldn't have thought possible a year ago thanks to the support of family and friends, a bit of time, and Daren's help. Words cannot adequately express how much I appreciate Daren's sensitivity, insight, and encouragement through this whole process.
Counseling challenged me in many ways, but it was wholly worthwhile and one of the best personal investments that I have ever made. I was able to learn and understand so much about myself through my sessions with Daren, and that helped me to better accept myself and my loss. I highly recommend Daren if you find yourself going through a similarly difficult situation!
Anonymous - Age 48, with Teen Boys, Ages 15 & 17
We first sought help from Daren when we discovered our younger son was struggling with pornography. My now-ex husband and I had already separated, and it is impossible for a single full-time mom to navigate the facets of pornography and sexual temptation with teenage sons alone. My younger son was an especially tough nut to crack, because he stuffs his feelings, doesn't easily trust people, and is ashamed to talk about his struggles.
Over the months Daren gradually chipped away at the gigantic wall he built around himself, and he is opening up about his feelings, talking more, increasing confidence, and learning tools to help him with sexual purity. Because of Daren's gentle, caring counsel, my other son eventually confessed his struggles, and Daren is helping him along the path to purity as well. But it doesn't stop there. Daren cares about the holistic health of his clients, as he demonstrates in asking about all areas of life, including my emotional/spiritual/physical health as caretaker, the boys' overall health, and the assistance he gave us as a family to help the boys process our eventual divorce.
Daren encourages me as a parent, and he challenges my boys to live to their potential - something only a man can do. And God is always in the center of everything. I am very grateful.
D.B. - Male, Age 43
I never thought I would ever be willing to go see a counselor about anything, until I had a devastating crisis take place in my life. I am now convinced that being led to Daren Lowman was planned by God long before that devastation occurred. At first, I wasn't ready to open up and discuss the most private things about myself - things that I thought I would never tell anyone and would have to take to the grave with me.
It was painful and uncomfortable to reveal all the secret brokenness of my past, but Daren was always incredibly patient and helped me realize that I could gradually open up and work with him to improve my future and live a happier life. He can be blunt when it's needed sometimes, but it's always done with a spirit of compassion and care. I can't imagine the mess my life would be if it weren't for the Godly counsel I've received from him for the most difficult struggle I've had to face in my life.
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