As John Lennon of the Beatles once said, “There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.” Christopher Roney helps clients see clearly that their lives are an intricate, beautifully designed dance that deserves to be respected and honored. As his clients change how they observe themselves, this proper observation changes their future in dramatic and positive ways. Feelings of self-worth increase dramatically. The goal is to come to a personal, custom designed, new awareness and meaning of one's own life that puts the problems of life into their proper perspective. Challenges that are a given, are no longer seen as overwhelming and impossible, but as wonderful opportunities both to grow and to learn new ways to appreciate this gift called life. Christopher offers his clients the opportunity to explore many different perspectives that can best serve them in their journey.
Christopher has over thirty years of experience helping individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations not only cope better with the inevitable challenges of life, but also learn to thrive onward, and look forward to these life enriching challenges. His approach is compassionate yet assertive in pointing out not only the crux of a problem but also a practical, step-by-step solution to most any problem a person or family may have. Christopher will not tell a person what they must do, but will always keep them gently pointed in the right direction, so they can discover for themselves what they can do to think and behave in ways that serve them better.
At Foundations Counseling, Christopher Roney counsels people who are navigating the following areas:
- Relationships and Couples Counseling – anger management, communication issues, conflict resolution, couples counseling, problems with in-laws, dating issues, divorce and divorce recovery, infidelity/affair recovery, emotional affairs, sexual intimacy issues, alternative relationships, men’s and women’s issues, pre-marital counseling, financial issues
- Mental Health and Wellness – holistic health, nature-based therapies, perfectionism, sex and porn addiction recovery, adjustment, severe anxiety, self-care, money addiction, assertiveness training, bipolar disorder, boundaries, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, grief, life transitions, self-esteem, stress management, obesity and weight loss, sleep disorders, suicidal ideation
- Family Relationships – divorce and custody transitions in families, abusive patterns, parenting, stepfamily and blended family issues, sexual issues
- Life Transitions – restoring meaning to life, life coaching, job transition, career counseling, newlyweds, empty-nest syndrome, illness, injury, loss, spirituality, establishing the true self, retirement worries
- Children, Adolescents, and Teens – family communication, eating disorders, self-injury, self-worth, sports performance issues, effects of divorce, life coaching and goal setting
- Growth Oriented Counseling – burnout and lack of motivation, career counseling, empowerment, self-actualization, self-transcendence, transcending emotional suffering
Christopher earned his Master of Social Work Degree, with an emphasis in individual and family therapy, from the University of Illinois in 1983. His Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy, is from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). Christopher also has specialized training in divorce mediation and recovery.
Through years of research and experience, Christopher has developed his skills in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused Therapy (SBT), and Existential Therapy. He has supervised graduate clinical counseling interns as well as other psychotherapists during his career. While serving in the US military worldwide, Christopher was chosen by the Pentagon command center as one of the top officers for coaching other officers in the best ways of coping with anxiety and depression in high stress, challenging environments while maintaining a high level of job performance.
Christopher has six grown children and one grandchild.