Family-Focused Christian Counseling
Formerly 'Van Dusen Counseling', Trails of Eden | Counseling and Retreats offers faith-based mental health counseling for all ages and workshops/retreats for creativity, stress management, and deepening your faith life. For more information, I would be happy to speak with you in person if you use the contact form below. Otherwise, have a look around the website!
Who Am I?
Rev. Kodie Van Dusen, LPC (#21295) CYW (#15571)
MA Clinical Christian Counseling (Ongoing)
Licensed Pastoral Counselor
BA Child Psychology
Certified Life Coach
I started in 2018 as an affiliate of Sanctuary Christian Counseling in Chatham, working primarily with children and teens. While this continues to be my passion and my specialty area (see 'Child and Youth Counseling' for more info), I realized that, despite having many creative, play-based, and outdoor resources for children, my practice was lacking a diversity of supports for parents. It was time to grow!
It's far too easy to treat relaxation and self-care as an indulgence. Something reserved for special occasions. Perhaps you know what you love but can't seem to find the time for it anymore, or worse, have lost sight of who you are and what you're passionate about altogether. If you can relate to any of these common concerns, you've come to the right place.
Nature has not only been a beautiful backdrop to my personal journey (as it relates to faith, health, and creativity), but is an active tool I've used as I challenge my own beliefs about stress, the nature of success, and what it means to live a meaningful and genuine life. As an avid hiker, kayaker, reader, and bon-fire sit-arounder-er, I've invested my time into researching and experiencing the science behind nature's ability to affect our mental state, enhance creativity, and contribute to better overall health.
Trails of Eden is my way of expanding Van Dusen Counseling into a more holistic practice, sharing the many benefits of being outdoors, indulging your creative side, and self-reflecting. Not a fan of the outdoors? No problem. You still have the option to see me in my office, as well.
(Trails of Eden Youth BBQ)
What I Specialize In
Faith-based Parent, Child/Adolescent, and Family Counseling
Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
SMART Goal Setting
and Effective Communication
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:12)
All of my children have seen Kodie for counseling and have benefited from her approachable demeanor and knowledge. Her methods are individual to kids of different ages, and she has a fun-loving way of relating with them that makes them comfortable. She is firm enough to keep things heading in the direction that they need to go, but flexible enough to work with them where they are at, to guide them to accomplish what needs to be done. We have seen lasting changes in our kids as a result of Kodie’s interactions with them."
We have seen great improvements in our daughter since she started seeing Kodie. Like most teens she did not want to go at first but after the first couple of times started to look forward to her sessions with her. It is nice to have someone neutral to feel safe to talk with and to give her the tools she needed to succeed in life and help her overcome her anxieties. Kodie tailors to the needs of each child and does what she can to help them feel comfortable."
New testimonials coming soon!"