Threads of Hope Adds Executive Director, Expands Focus on Faith-Sensitive Counseling

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Austin Non Profit Provides Faith-Sensitive Counseling with Mental Health Providers Who Integrate Mind, Body and Spirit

Austin-based Threads of Hope today announced the addition of an executive director, Jonathan Holmsten, to help grow the organization’s focus on faith-sensitive counseling. Threads of Hope is one of few organizations that provides counseling that integrates mind, body and spirit. Its model is also unique in that all providers are fully licensed, experienced clinicians. Even the fee-assisted Threads of Home clients receive extremely high quality care.

As a non profit, Threads of Hope increases access to holistic, faith-sensitive counseling and behavioral health care for individuals and families at affordable rates. Threads of Hope counselors can work with clients on issues around abuse, addiction, anxiety, depression, divorce, eating disorders, grief and loss, marriage, parenting, stress or spiritual growth, among others.

Jonathan Holmsten, MS, LPC, NCC, DCC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with 20 years of experience in the psychology/counseling field. He has been working with Threads of Hope for two years as a pastoral counselor and was appointed executive director in April 2014. He is charged with solidifying and growing the non profit.

Holmsten has a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and has clinical experience working in psychiatric hospitals, elementary and medical schools, as well as private practice and is currently working on his dissertation to complete his PhD in psychology. He enjoys co-journeying with clients through issues of stress, anger, anxiety, trauma, depression and family issues. Holmsten is also a distance credentialed counselor (DCC), ethically and skillfully providing counseling over the web or phone. He also works with people struggling with issues such as pornography and internet addiction.

As executive director, as well as active pastoral counselor at Threads of Hope, Holmsten brings a unique perspective to both non profit operations as well as client care. He, along with 22 other mental health providers who have been approved by the board of directors and are all fully licensed and credentialed, comprise the Threads of Hope provider network.

Threads of Hope provides the service of matching Austin area individuals and families in need of mental health services with these faith-sensitive counselors. For clients without access to personal funds or insurance sufficient to pay for needed mental health services, Threads of Hope can provide a financial subsidy to make such treatment possible. Because overhead is kept very low, with no central office, provider fee adjustments, and generous donated time from volunteers, 90% of all donations to Threads of Hope go directly to client services, including these fee-assisted clients. Threads has been offering services to Bastrop and other rural counties since the wildfire crisis and still have special funds from a grant from the Trull foundation to see rural Texans in need of mental health services.

A growing organization, Threads of Hope welcomes individuals and organizations interested in becoming involved. There is potential for an additional board member, and the organization is always interested in speaking with churches, schools or other groups about its services and how faith-sensitive counseling can reach more in need. Tax deductible donations are happily accepted. For more, contact info(at)threadsofhopetx(dot)org or call 512.327.0020 x302.

In one month, Threads of Hope will be the recipient of all ticket sales for the Thursday, October 30th show of Stella and Lou, a Paradox Players’ production. Tickets for the play, performed at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, at 4700 Grover Ave, can be purchased the Threads of Hope website, http://www.ThreadsofHopeTX.org for $30 per ticket. All proceeds from the Oct 30th performance and auction/raffle of local business supporter gift certificates will benefit Threads of Hope. Ticket purchases are fully tax deductible.

About Threads of Hope:
Threads of Hope is a non profit community partnership focused on delivering faith-sensitive counseling and related services in Central Texas. Currently with a network of 22 fully licensed and credentialed mental health providers, Threads of Hope can help individuals or families with issues around abuse, addiction, anxiety, depression, divorce, eating disorders, grief and loss, marriage, parenting, stress or spiritual growth, among others. One thread can change a life. For more information contact info(at)threadsofhopetx(dot)org or call 512.327.0020 x302 or go to http://www.threadsofhopetx.org

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