Emmaus Family Counseling Center

Emmaus Family Counseling Center


In the finale of their latest series of conversations, Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S is joined by both Michael Trout and Lori Thomas of the Emmaus Family Counseling Center as they begin to examine the letters Trout and Thomas wrote back and forth that became the basis for The Johnathon Letters, the book the two co-authored.

Stream or download the new episode below, and then check out the TKC Store at tkcchaddock.org, the exclusive home for Michael Trout books, videos, and resources.
As I watched the sun rise this morning, I reflected on Philippians 4:8. "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things." My goodness, did that verse speak to me! I reflected on the state of my mind. As COVID-19 spread through our land, was I was giving it too much attention ? Was I spending appropriate time in prayer, praise, and worship? I am not minimizing the horrible impact of this virus, but I want to maximize putting my trust in God. I will continue to take appropriate precautions, but I want to be mindful about things that are true, lovely, and of good report. How can I change my focus? What is of good report? I can be thankful for those who are working in healthcare, and I can pray for them. I can look outside and thank God for the natural beauty, and then go for a walk. I can realize that, if I have more free time than usual, I can put that time to good use.

What does it mean, in my life, to put time to good use? Read more, exercise, organize the pantry, write, FaceTime people I love, walk the dogs. Watch podcasts that I have been meaning to watch. Enjoy silly movies on TV. Put a puzzle on the table and spend time with the family creating memories.

I am writing a list of goals this morning, and will hold myself accountable. One day, I want to be able to look back on this time and see that it was put to good use.

Will you join me? Do you have some goals to meet? Ideas to share? Words of hope and encouragement? Feel free to reach out. We can do this. Let's do it together, even if the togetherness is virtual.

Blessings to you all,
Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S is once again joined by both Michael Trout and Lori Thomas of the Emmaus Family Counseling Center as they begin to examine the letters Trout and Thomas wrote back and forth that became the basis for The Johnathon Letters, the book the two co-authored. Part 2 will be released on March 24th.

Stream or download the new episode below, and then check out the TKC Store at tkcchaddock.org, the exclusive home for Michael Trout books, videos, and resources.
Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S is joined by Michael Trout and Lori Thomas of the Emmaus Family Counseling Center as they conclude their discussion on Trout's The Hope Filled Parent, which Thomas contributed to.

Stream or download the new episode below, and then check out the TKC Store at tkcchaddock.org, the exclusive home for Michael Trout books, videos, and resources.

Emmaus Family Counseling Center is a provider of quality Christian counseling in Northern Virginia.

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"To accept our losses is not to minimize them. Accepting our losses means that our greatest griefs can be borne with hope because we live in a story where our King is coming to vanquish sorrow forever." - Alasdair Groves | https://bit.ly/3eiS33H

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Your Strength Will Fail: Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle

"That’s actually one of the most important outcomes that God intends for “all our affliction” to produce: “to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9). It’s not the only outcome. As John Piper says, “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” But when it comes to our ultimate joy and comfort, few are more important than weaning our trust off ourselves and placing it onto God."

desiringgod.org When we are burdened beyond our strength, and every earthly comfort has failed, where can we rest our hope? On the God who raises the dead.

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Anxiety, Waiting and the Coronavirus

A really good read.

"To spend our time frantically strategizing about how we’ll cross the flooded river is so instinctive, even though it is also foolish and needless. So do wash your hands, and do what is wise about working from home, or calling your doctor. But don’t let yourself for a moment forget where your true safety lies."

ccef.org Writing about events while they are happening is always a bit dangerous. It’s easy to encourage over-reactions and reinforce unhelpful panic in our hearts. That said, the COVID 19 coronavirus provides us with an opportunity


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📈 Uncomfortable grace is still grace.

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desiringgod.org 10/18/2018

Trapped in My Own Mind: Three Lies Depression Loves

"If we are God’s children, then even our depression will display his glory and purposes as he holds us secure in his unfailing love."


desiringgod.org Your depression doesn’t mean God is angry with you or absent from you. He is walking with you, even through the valley of despair.

emmauscounseling.wordpress.com 10/11/2018

Expecting Suffering


emmauscounseling.wordpress.com What you believe about suffering can have a huge impact on how you face life in a broken world. A lot of people we talk to want to believe that suffering has no place in this world or in their live…


Nick Vujicic

"Humility is a God-given gift. When someone is humble enough to reach out for assistance, most people respond by giving of themselves and their time." -Nick Vujicic. Let us help you through spiritual advice, encouragement, and resources! Chat with someone today: https://groundwire.echoglobal.org/chat/Life_Without_Limbs. - Life Without Limbs Team

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Students Change How Mental Health Is Addressed in Schools

We love seeing this kind of leadership tackling this important issue.

nbcwashington.com Three Virginia high school students made their voices heard and got some pretty big results in the area of mental health.

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Mental Health Experts Suggest Logging Off Social Media, Then Backing Over All Your Electronic Devices With A Van

This is satire, but there might be just a little truth in there somewhere! What do you think?

babylonbee.com U.S.—In a new report issued Wednesday, health experts are now recommending regularly logging off your social media accounts, and then backing over your electronic devices with a van or other large vehicle. “We’ve found that mental wellness is greatly increased when people take a few minutes ea...

emmauscounseling.wordpress.com 09/06/2018

Being In The Moment


"May you have a peace-filled day as you focus on how sufficient God is for you in each moment!"

emmauscounseling.wordpress.com Mindfulness is one of the treatment approaches we use sometimes in our sessions. There is a lot to this approach. One thing we like about it is that it encourages people to be aware of, and just pr…

thegospelcoalition.org 08/28/2018

Why Christian Love Matters in Depression

Good read!
"As Christ’s followers we gladly leap into the mission field, cook meals for the destitute, and embrace the grieving; but when depression strikes, misconceptions can deteriorate this spirit of compassion. At best, we practice silence and avoidance. At worst, we blame the sufferer and disregard the depressed as too lax in faith to pull themselves from the depths."

thegospelcoalition.org Too often sufferers of depression find the church to be a home for ridicule, rather than truth and love.


Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic, author of Life Without Limits: Inspiration of a Ridiculously Good Life, shares how he tackles anxiety.

Fighting anxiety is just that: a fight. A fight that requires daily discipline and praying without ceasing. Watch this video to find out other ways Nick overcomes anxiety. For a chance to have your question answered, email us at [email protected]. -Life Without Limbs Team


Wisdom from this Holocaust survivor.

emmauscounseling.wordpress.com 03/14/2018

Marriage Help 101


emmauscounseling.wordpress.com Many of the people we help are in difficult marriages. This means that as we help others, we are frequently thinking of ways to offer lasting encouragement and solid counsel in light of these reali…


Happy Valentine's Day from us at Emmaus!

"We love because he first loved us." - I John 4:19.


A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.

~Martin Luther King Jr


"Being afraid is not wrong in itself. As creatures living in a sinful world, we should be afraid at times. The problem is when fear forgets God."

~When People Are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch

emmauscounseling.wordpress.com 01/03/2018

Quick Tips on Teens and Technology

Here are some questions to consider asking when talking with teens about technology.

emmauscounseling.wordpress.com It’s a new age (maybe not so new anymore) and technology is a common topic in therapy offices. Technology presents a lot of blessings, but also some complex problem that makes it a huge issue that …



Happy New Year from us to you!


Merry Christmas from all of us at Emmaus! We celebrate the healing and redemption offered to us through the birth of Jesus.


WONDER Trailer (2017)

We're hearing great things about this movie! If you see it, let us know what you think!

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New Study Details How P**n Harms Australian Millennials

fightthenewdrug.org In this week's edition of What's The Research, we delve into a study that reveals that millennials are seeing, first-hand, the harmful effects of p**n.


Holidays can be overwhelming. Or, it can be a therapeutic time too. For instance, smells of cider, hot chocolate, or pine can remind of past memories, hopes of future memories, or peace in the moment. Sometimes it is good to pay attention to what our senses are telling us!

So, remember to stop and smell the holiday “roses” during this busy season!

emmauscounseling.wordpress.com 11/03/2017

Body Language

Then I began hearing His voice. It was radically different from hers. He wasn’t looking for a perfect body. But a willing vessel, a dwelling for His love.

Click link to read all of this beautiful poem by our own Dr. Patti Broderick. Emmauscounseling.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/body-language

emmauscounseling.wordpress.com By Patti McCarthy Broderick The first time I heard her, I ignored her. She pointed out my youthful round limbs and torso But I kept playing. She showed up again in the gaze of my peers, As their bo…

emmauscounseling.wordpress.com 10/19/2017

Nutrition and Mental Health

Check out this guest post by GoodLife Nutrition about the strong relationship between nutrition and emotional wellness!!


emmauscounseling.wordpress.com Guest post by Angela Mari of GoodLife Nutrition LLC When I was invited by Emmaus Counseling Center to write a piece for this blog, I was thrilled to have such a conversational platform on which I c…


We are praying for healing and peace for those directly impacted by the Las Vegas shooting and for our nation.


“You'll never get to a person's soul until you understand their hurts.”

― Ravi Zacharias





20925 Professional Plaza, Suite 320
Ashburn, VA

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Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

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