About Me John Prasch
Hello, I'm John Prasch I am married and the father of five children. I obtained my Bachelor's degree from Liberty University in Psychology with minors in Church Ministries and Biblical Studies. I earned my Master's degree from Liberty in Professional Counseling. Like many people I grew up in a dysfunctional home. My home was torn apart by alcoholism and violence. I struggled most of my life with the anger and depression that I had developed in my youth. I felt my life was worthless and meaningless. At the age of 14 I attempted to take my own life by overdosing on allergy medication. On the outside I was the guy who joked around a lot but on the inside I felt miserable and alone. At age 19 while serving in the USAF in Panama I read the Bible for the first time. As I read the Gospel of Mathew I began to realize that I was lost in my sin and that I had falsely believed that I could enter heaven based on my own efforts. I asked God to forgive me for my sinful ignorance and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I experienced a joy and peace I had never known before. As a new Christian I struggled between pleasing God and pleasing myself. When I focused on my own selfish pleasures and desires my old nature returned. I had mistakenly believed that being a Christian meant God was supposed to be in my corner and make all my plans and dreams come true. I had spent little time seeking God's will for my life and obeying His Word. Over time and through many trials I grew spiritually through prayer and studying the Bible. I finally realized that my old depressed and angry self was not going away on its own. I needed to focus daily on God's perfect will and understand my value and identity in Jesus Christ. As the Bible says all things work together for good for those who love God. Every hurt and trial from my past enables me to better understand how to empathize and offer comfort to my clients. As a Christian counselor it is my passion to help others overcome their pain and dysfunction. I desire to see my clients grow spiritually and emotionally relying on God's power and strength not on mine or their own.