Our Approach

Revive

: to become active and flourishing again


We believe that at the core of healthy, flourishing relationships is a commitment to grace and forgiveness, an understanding and practice of healthy boundaries, and courage to let go of what you cannot control.


If we can learn to make the focus in relationships the participation in giving and receiving unconditional care and acceptance, without regard for whether anyone deserves it or not, then we have hope of finding what we are looking for in relationships.


Some skills that help us move in that direction include forgiving others, owning your actions and your feelings (not the actions and feelings of others), the art of listening with empathy, the art of asking, fostering emotionally safe space, setting healthy boundaries, and more. 


Check out the blog for articles on some of these skills.

Steve Childs, MDiv

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For over a decade now I have been helping to create spaces for couples and individuals to find healing and hope in their relationships, whether romantic relationships, friendships, or family relationships. This work has primarily happened in Christian faith community settings, though the skills needed to build healthy relationships are the same for everyone, no matter your background.


In 2018 I decided to step out and start Revival Counseling & Coaching with the hope of making these kinds of spaces available to more people, like you! I take great joy in seeing people take courageous steps to keep relationships going strong through the ups and downs that inevitably come.


I grew up in Sacramento and came to the Bay Area to study Cognitive Science and Philosophy as an undergrad at UC Berkeley and went on to earn my Masters of Divinity at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley as well. I've worked in faith communities in Berkeley, Oakland and Vancouver, BC.


I am currently an ordained pastor with Tribe Church in Berkeley and Oakland, CA.

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