The History of Agapé Christian Counseling
Agapé was founded by Ann Noonan, MEd, LPC-S and her husband Tom in 1995.
Here is an excerpt of her words about the founding of Agapé:
“As I anticipated our move to Charlotte in the summer of 1995, I was certain God was going to “bless” me in a definite way for my obedience to follow His leading. Surely God and I had the same “vision” about His will for me and my work for Him. Of course, He would want me to duplicate what I had been doing, and I would simply slip into a similar position here in Charlotte. I never realized what God wanted to reveal to me.”
“One of the things God wanted to teach me was that it was His plan, not my plan that was significant. One of my darkest fears and least desired tasks was starting a private practice. I just knew God never intended for me to do that, so He and I wrestled for quite a bit until I acquiesced.”
“When my friend and former Director read the following at a going-away party, I remember thinking, “That’s nice! She has chosen a devotional from one of my favorite authors.” (Oswald Chambers—My Utmost for His Highest, p. 224, August 11) “And he saw Him no more (2 Kings 2:12). . . It is not wrong to depend on Elijah as long as God gives him to you, but remember the time will come when he will have to go; when he stands no more to you as your guide and leader, because God does not intend he should. You say—‘I cannot go on without Elijah. God says you must.’” Little did I know what was ahead- My Elijah was gone and I stood at my Jordan with only God.”
“As I let the truths of God permeate my soul, I became aware that I was experiencing a crisis of belief. Did I truly believe God had a plan for me, that He loved me and desired only a love relationship with me? For years I had been teaching people these truths in therapy, but now I was undergoing my own desert experience. Again and again I struggled and came to the same conclusion—God and His Son do not lie. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing. I am the vine; you are my branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear fruit” (John 15:5). My conclusion almost on a daily basis was and continues to be that God wanted me to be moldable, available to Him and allow Him to set the agenda. My job was to trust, obey and not expect to get the complete picture before I started to follow Him. I had to get to that place of “not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42).”
From Ann’s struggles to know and do the will of God, He birthed a solo practice, which has grown into the existing Agapé Christian Counseling, with therapists who truly believe it is God’s truth that sets the captives free.