My name is Melanie (I also love to be called MelanieJoy - JOY is my middle name). I'm a Biblical Counsellor residing on Canada's West Coast, Vancouver Island, in Victoria, British Columbia. My daughter, Mady (21), works in the film industry. My ever-present companion and therapy-dog-in-training is my young Lab, Rosie. More details below and feel free to check out my YouTube Channel (Coming Soon) for my testimony, teaching videos, and resources to helpful links for growing in your faith.
My Statement of Faith
My full-time focus is to know God and apply that knowledge (His instruction, wisdom, counsel, discipline) first in my own life and in such a way that I am in a biblically faithful posture to counsel, disciple, and mentor women of all ages.
My favourite thing to do with clients is to pray with them, to point them to God's Word for His Counsel, and to watch how God changes them through the renewing of their minds, the softening of hearts, the reordering of loves, and with eyes on the ultimate prize of Jesus - our Living Hope.
To borrow the words of Apostle Paul... Colossians 1:28, "Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me."
My Statement of Faith is firmly rooted in Reformed Theology; one that emphasizes the authority of scripture and the Sovereignty of God. Here is the Statement of Faith Ligonier Ministries website that I would fully concur with.
More to come. Still updating site!
Biblical Counselling Mission Statement
My mission is to continue to know and teach the Gospel of God, and to keep this “good news of joy” central in the counselling room. I hold up the whole Counsel of God, the Word of God, as the standard by which I conduct myself outside the counselling room so that I can authentically and biblically faithfully minister, counsel, disciple, advise, and mentor clients in the sessions. I endeavour to demonstrate and teach foundational theology (who God is, what He says about us, how we apply this to every aspect of our lives), and sound doctrine (the teaching and principles of God’s Word). For this is the power of God, through the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit to renew minds, restore relationships, and develop new disciplines, behaviors, and attitudes, from a heart level, with a Christ-centred focus for real, lasting, and God-glorifying change.
God’s Word, God’s Attributes, God’s Gospel, God’s Standards, God's Personhood through the Trinity are all essential in my counselling toolbox; to do otherwise is inconceivable to me.
I believe the Gospel belongs in the counselling room and that the Gospel matters in the counselling room. So much so that I am writing a book and developing materials for clients around this topic to help them deeply embrace the entire truth of the Gospel and how the Gospel makes the difference from which our entire worldview can be shaped and applied to "all things for life and godliness." (2 Peter 1:3)
I am convinced. I am eager. I am not ashamed. — Paul, Romans 1:14, 15, 16 (Melanie’s Paraphrase)
If my Mission Statement were directly from word for word from God's Word, it would read:
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). For the word of the cross is folly to those who are dying but to those who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). For His divine power has granted to us all things for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me (Colossians 1:28-29). Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith (Philippians 1:25). Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season: reprove, rebuke, and exhort with complete patience and teaching (2 Timothy 4:2). All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16).