Anxiety | Depression | Relationships | Life
Are You Longing For God To Bring Joy And Peace Back Into Your Life?
Are you looking for a way to bring healing to your life and your relationships through the power and presence of God’s love? Have you sought answers from other counselors or therapists who never really got to the core of what was going on? Perhaps you want to work with someone who can offer a more progressive, comprehensive approach to restoration that takes into account your spiritual health as well as your emotional and relational well-being. Or maybe you want help interpreting the wisdom packed in the Bible so you can access its power to transform your life and help you move forward.
At Life Training Christian Counseling, we understand and are empathetic with what you are going through. As a husband and wife team of highly trained and credentialed counselors, we’ve encountered some of life’s toughest challenges ourselves. Each of us has dealt with some form of abuse, addiction, abandonment, divorce, or spiritual disconnect in our own lives. But we have witnessed firsthand how God’s unconditional love and the spiritual guidance of caring, compassionate teachers, pastors, and counselors has changed our lives forever.
As nationally licensed and certified Christian counselors, the law allows us to be unapologetically faith-based in our approach to counseling, focusing on wholeness of heart, soul, and spirit. We believe that many emotional issues and relationship problems stem from people not knowing how to fully integrate their faith into their current life situation in a manner that will equip them to make changes and find lasting joy and peace.
Some look at scripture as a lucky rabbit’s foot that helps them win a game, be prosperous, or deal with adversity. But the task of employing God’s principles and promises in tackling life’s bigger problems—such as anxiety, depression, marital problems, or existential fear—requires much more than luck. And many Christians have rarely, if ever, had to put their faith into practice to that degree. So when they pray for strength or help and things don’t work out, they can get frustrated, even disenchanted, with God because it seems like He isn’t listening or doesn’t care.
Conversely, we at Life Training offer you a chance to mature your faith in God and develop a deeper understanding of the truths and guidance inherent in the Bible that will allow you to draw upon the hope that knowing Jesus offers you. We’re not wanting to force an agenda on anyone, and we are not simply offering a broader understanding of the Bible. What we do hope to achieve is to unlock the complexity of the wisdom found in God’s word and make it tangible enough for you to integrate into your life. Right now, your faith and spiritual strength may be only running parallel with your identity and your circumstances, with one not necessarily impacting the other. We want to help you learn to weave those spiritual elements into your life so that they become an integral part of who you are and how you deal with all of life’s challenges—whether big or small.
We offer a Christ-centered, Biblically-informed, relationship-focused treatment strategy that is both tailored to the individual and structured in a way that ensures we are always working toward your specific goals and not just talking about feelings. And if you are seeking help for marriage problems, we feature a unique system of couples’ therapy that involves you and your spouse meeting with us as a husband and wife counseling team. This unique approach ensures that all parties are given an emotionally safe, neutral environment in which each person is fully heard and lovingly validated.
If you are seeking help for personal challenges, emotional struggles, relational issues, or merely spiritual guidance, we have an incredible success rate over the course of more than a decade in practice. That’s because when you work with us, our outstanding counselors help you get to the root of what is really going on. We are not interested in mere symptom management or behavior modification, but rather, in changing matters of the heart that will lead you to a life filled with grace, joy, and peace.
If you are interested in beginning your journey toward greater emotional, relational, and spiritual fulfillment, please call 502 717 5433 for your free 15-minute consultation.
Have you lost interest in or become numb to the everyday pleasures or activities that once gave you joy? Do you constantly battle a sense of hopelessness or low self-worth that is holding you back from achieving God’s plan for you? Perhaps you are overly irritable or easily angered, but don’t even understand where these conflicting feelings are coming from.
Are you constantly ruminating on the past or worrying about the future, as if something terrible could happen at any moment? Do you have a hard time relaxing or feeling at ease, even in ordinary situations with people you trust? Are you experiencing heart palpitations, trembling, nausea, or chronic aches and pains that you can’t explain?
Do you want to repair your marriage and develop a deeper, more meaningful connection with your partner? Are you searching the Bible for guidance and having trouble understanding how to apply or even locate that wisdom? Have you tried working together to overcome your relationship issues only to have conversations explode into anger, criticism, and arguments?
Are you struggling to find a meaningful connection between your faith and how you deal with difficult situations in your life? Is a personal challenge, life transition, or loss of a loved one testing the limits of your faith? Are you trying your best to gracefully deal with infidelity or perhaps a family member’s unexpected pregnancy, but the intense emotions make you feel like your spiritual resolve isn’t enough?
What Others Are Saying About Us
Lisa Winchell, PhDDirector, In His Image: Institute of Counseling & Training
"David and Ann Ralston have true servant's hearts and show the love and power of Christ in a dark and hurting world. Clients who are struggling in life need to look no further than to Life Training."
MindyMother of Marriage Counseling Client
"Thank you again for everything you have done and for your faithfulness. You are changing lives in a domino effect in our family... much more than you realize!! God bless you!"
TraceyNCCA Licensed Christian Counselor
"Being taught by Dave and Ann has been life changing for me and my family and friends! The depth of biblical and life learning and teaching has been superior! The knowledge and spiritual growth in myself and family members has been so wonderful."
SteveCounseling Client & Group Participant
"Since meeting with Dave Ralston, I’ve come to realize there have been a number of doors in my past that apparently I hadn’t opened before. I have begun to open them in my sessions with Dave, and it has brought a lot of relief to me in dealing with my shame. Even though it is sometimes painful it is exciting to be going through."
"I have allowed myself the freedom to actually trust God in all things. Yes, at times, I must have a conversation with myself, with reminders of my trust and how important I am to my Heavenly Father. The trust is real, for the first time in a very long time."
"God is helping me through the teaching and through the small group interaction. Ann’s smiles and encouragement always makes me feel better."
MyrandaCounseling Client & Group Participant
"Meeting with Dave and Ann has helped me to look inward and to face the emotions of my childhood. It has helped me to be more confident in who I am, not just as a person but also in Christ. One of the huge battles that I faced in my life I am now completely delivered from is homosexuality. Now, I really want to help as many people as I can to give them hope and to let them know that it doesn’t matter what you have gone through or are going through, God can make it work for their good. Thank you for being a part of what God is doing in my life. It really does help save lives."
"Dr. Dave Ralston and his wife Ann literally changed my life! I will never be the same person that I was when I first met them. Every person in driving distance to these people needs to seek their counsel to help heal any brokenness, situation, shame, tragedy, the list goes on, that you may be facing in your life. Go! I promise you will never regret it. Thank you Dave and Ann from the bottom of my heart for helping me finally reach a place in my life where I know I am walking in God's will and following his path. Thank you truly."
"I often tell a friend, “oh, you should have heard what Pastor Dave shared last week. It was phenomenal! It seems difficult to recall (much less pull out) what the God of the universe dropped personally in to my spirit for ME to take to heart, spend a little time on, and pull from what He intended to transform me right now. The ministry God has given Dave and Ann truly has the power to heal, change, and restore. Each week they invite me to walk in to a safe, warm, non-judgmental and caring environment and unpack my “suitcase,” to examine just what I've been carrying. They offer illumination, guidance, and restoration to the whole person, carrying only what is necessary for fighting the spiritual battle, the whole armor of God, which is to be worn and not carried along with miscellaneous junk from the past in our suitcase."
JulieMinistry Team Member
"The Ralston's have been an answer to prayer for me. My husband and I were growing in our walk; serving, praying together, and marriage mentoring, but I felt that we needed help in understanding codependency in our own marriage. We are learning so much about our identity in Christ, His love, and how to share that unconditional love with others. It’s like a faucet turned on we are drinking it all in. Overwhelming! I am learning to become more intimate with Jesus and that is the greatest lesson of all. Grateful, thankful, blessed."
AnthonyPastor & NCCA Christian Counselor
"Many years I have been on the front lines, fighting in the trenches to help those turn to Christ for answers. Your ministry is second to None! My heart desires to send people your way. Your compassion has touched me deeply! Thank you for helping me have great Hope that there are others who are in the trenches daily, as you are, fighting for the minds, hearts, and souls of people who struggle with addiction."
JoeyCounseling Client & Group Participant
"I have been on this journey with Our Lord Jesus for a while. By being a part of Dave and Ann’s ministry, I now know that restoration means… Restoration of many areas of life, not just addiction. I’ve learned that even though people have different histories, and backgrounds our stories and our recoveries have one thing in common and that is Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are all unique, but my story will help someone else like you have helped me."
LisaChristian Counselor & Life Coach
"Dr. Dave Ralston is a gifted temperament counselor and marriage counselor. Definitely recommend him."
AmberMarriage Class Participant
"The ministry of Dave and Ann Ralston saved my marriage. I cannot recommend them enough."
"I highly recommend Life Training ministries. They brought me so far in my life when I started seeing them. They are such loving and compassionate people. I'm hoping to maybe one day to go back to them. My husband also went to them and he says he wouldn't have made it as far as he did without them. He is looking forward to maybe starting to see them again as well."
Zakk Gammon, PhDDirector, Revive Christian Counseling
"Dr. David Ralston and the team at Life Training are second to none. I've had the opportunity to know David and Ann for several years now, and I can say with confidence Dr. Ralston and his team are one of the best options you'll find when you're struggling. Life Training allows people to feel the love of Jesus as they find hope."
"They changed my life! I was so broken, lost, lonely, and hopeless. They helped me heal, work through past hurts and pain, helped turned me back to the only one the can meet my needs. Learning my temperament and knowing that I wasn't just a brain damaged accident but God had created me with that temperament was the most revealing validating thing ever. It allowed me to have my eyes open, and then grow. They will help change your life! I have had a lot of counseling in my life, but this is the first time I ever received healing."
"Learning under Dave and Ann has helped me walk through my deliverance from Agoraphobia. life is totally different for me from what it was just 2 years ago."
ShelbyMarriage Counseling Client
"Dave, I can’t even begin to thank you enough for all you have done for our family! You guided us when we were lost and we are forever grateful. You made sure we knew some tough things about ourselves, and it was exactly what we needed to hear. Thank you for your patience and willingness to works with us, I know we stayed in counseling longer than I think we all anticipated but I’m sure glad we did. We’re so grateful to get to call you friend! Love you!"
RichardMinistry Team Member
"We are blessed so that we may be a blessing to others. Dave is the personification of one who definitely puts others before himself and has it on his heart to help all those who have any kind of need be it psychological, emotional, addiction, and on and on find their true identity in Christ in order to live a healthy, abundant life with Jesus the first and most important thing in their life."
"We are so grateful to David and Ann Ralston for their ministry through Life Training Christian Counseling. It was this avenue that God revealed so many deeper truths that ultimately saved our marriage. Thank you and God Bless You and your ministry."
"I was very happy with the guidance and assistance provided by Dave with Life Training Christian Counseling. It was important to me as a life-long Catholic to find a faith-based counselor to help me through a difficult part of my life. Dave was very understanding and together we established a plan of action that I thought was both fair and reasonable. It was a program that met my needs and didn't go on forever. We initially met each week and after awhile, we spaced our meetings out as I made progress on our goals. Dave provided me with a warm, understanding and caring environment to work through some issues. Dave mainly deals with boys/men and his wife, Ann, with girls/women. I highly recommend Life Training Christian Counseling if you have any issues you want to work on in a faith-based manner."
"Finding Ann has been a true “divine appointment” for me and my family. She has a gift for seeing beyond the surface to help me discover who I truly am in Christ. I am learning to embrace the real me, scars and all. I am enough. I am so thankful for Ann and Dr. Ralston for their hearts and following His path to open their practice here in Louisville. What a blessing and legacy they are creating with their unique passion for guiding people to hope and healing through the teaching of temperament."
"Dr Dave has helped me tremendously in better understanding myself. I’m doing so it’s helped me better navigate life. My wife and I have also worked with both Dr Dave and Anne to grow in our marriage as well."
"Ann has been a true Godsend! She is personable, compassionate, humorous, lovely, and a joy to work with. I have come further in my journey with her as my guide than any other time in my life."
PamMinistry Team Members
"My husband and I have received good godly counsel by Dr. Dave Ralston and Ann. He has a common sense approach to complex relationship problems. Also understands how to assess and discuss individual temperment. This brought new insight for us and we not only have benefitted personally from this knowledge but have shared what we have learned with others. I highly recommend Dr. Ralston and Ann as counselors."