Bridge River Counseling Welcomes You
About The Counselor
Healed, Then To Heal
Joel Qiao 乔辉
Since 2011, I’ve been working as a professional who specializes in helping people cope with their issues in faith-based institutions. I walk alongside with my clients in a way where mercy meets wisdom. No matter whether they are emotional issues or relational issues, I will dedicate myself to listening to your challenges and struggles. I have been through valleys of suffering and pits of darkness in my own life, and all my experiences had made who I am now. I will not hesitate to empower my client by envisioning myself to BE each of them, so that they will know they are not alone anymore, as they now have a fellow traveler in life.
More than professionalism, I regard counseling sessions a journey towards maturity and self-revitalization. It is easy to be indulged in times full of sophistication and hypocrisy, while I dedicate myself to listen to, accompany, and understand my clients.
I master and conduct multiple therapy techniques that will cover most needs, but still, the best tool of my counseling are my ears and heart. You are always worthy of someone who listens to, cares about, and understands you, and that is more than what I do. That is what I am to be.
In 2016, I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. Now I am the owner of Bridge River Counseling PLLC, holding a LPC license. My professional specialties are: Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Divorce Mental Intervention, Cross Generational Counseling. I also provide court ordered reunification therapy and co-parenting classes.
About The Counselor
Wenrui Li 李文芮
I believe that counseling is a process to explore inner strength and nurture self. You will start and continue the healing process through finding yourself and accepting yourself. I believe that developmental trauma can influence one's life profoundly. You may find it is difficult to manage your emotions and relationships, and these issues may result from past traumatic learning. In fact, developmental trauma is reversible. In my trauma focused counseling, you will be able to learn practical ways to increase inner power and experience a life with quality.
I graduated from University of North Texas and I have been providing counseling since 2017. I used to work at a domestic violence nonprofit and a psychiatric hospital named University Behavioral Health. Most of people I worked with have experienced moderate to severe trauma, included but not limited to emotional abuse and neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and school bully. I dedicate myself in helping people to understand their traumatic experience and develop effective strategies to cope with flashbacks, body memories, dissociation, nightmares, toxic shame, inner critics, self-hatrass and other trauma related symptoms.
I would provide a safe space for you to tolerate vulnerability and
reconnect to yourself. I believe love and compassion can be created in a safe relationship and result in powerful inner strength. It's my honor to be in the healing process with you and I would love to meet where you are in the journey.
I am currently under supervision by Kimberly Powell LPC-S. My current license is LPC Intern #81575.
我的执照为德州Licensed Professional Counseling Intern. 我的督导为 Kimberly Powell Ph.D, LPC-S
Frequently Asked Questions
Your Questions Answered
What is counseling?
Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.
Counselors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing.
What is Existential Therapy
Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning—often centering on you rather than on the symptom. The approach emphasizes your capacity to make rational choices and to develop to your maximum potential.
The existential approach stresses that:
All people have the capacity for self-awareness.
Each person has a unique identity that can be known only through relationships with others.
People must continually re-create themselves because life’s meaning constantly changes.
Anxiety is part of the human condition.
Who will benefit from counseling?
Effective counselors can help their clients improve boundary setting and other forms of self-expression. These improvements lead to more growth in other areas of personal development. When offered interventions in positive psychology, improved well-being can also be a benefit of counseling for depression and anxiety.