Daniel R. Borden, MA, MFTC, Resident in Counseling
Traveling was always a part of my life. I moved to Zimbabwe at age 7, and then to South Africa at age 12 as my parents were career missionaries. I’ve always enjoyed meeting people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. That was the exiting part of growing up overseas! My childhood was filled with change and ‘home’ changed so much! Together, my many ‘homes’ hold a kaleidoscope of memories, conversations, friends, cultures, and various forms of other things left behind. My list of ‘homes’ currently numbers around twenty-two.
As I grew older, I began to realize that I had a lot of pain and grief that I didn’t know how to deal with in a healthy way. I loved the experiences of living in other cultures, but when I returned to the United States, I battled with transition. I became depressed, angry, got anxious easily, and had a host of other feelings I didn’t know how to process. Thankfully, I’ve learned that the battle is not meant to be fought alone. That’s a recipe for disaster! I learned that when I was loved by others, even when they saw my mess, then true healing could take place. Through my own struggle with culture-shock, depression, and anxiety, God placed in me a desire to help others who had gone through similar difficulties as well.
I went to Reformed Theological Seminary, in Jackson, Mississippi to study marriage and family therapy and counseling in the summer of 2014. It was there that I learned how family history affects us, how our backgrounds mold us, how trauma influences our behavior, and how there is true hope for change! Every person is made in the image of God, is to be valued, and yet sin and brokenness distorts that image. Life is messy, but through understanding and experiencing the gospel through relationships, there is healing. While I was there I worked in the counseling center and gained experience in working with a host of issues including couple counseling, grief-work, depression, anxiety, sexual addiction, shame, and trauma. I’ve attended Gottman Level 2 training for couples-work and am trained to implement the premarital assessment of Prepare/Enrich. I’m also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
I’m excited to join the team at Journey and return to Harrisonburg, VA after being away for four years! I met my bride, Melissa here (JMU grad) and we return with our little girl, Charis Joy. We have been married for 5 years.