Here's just a sampling of the feedback we've received.

“I am honored to work with so many courageous and beautiful individuals over the years. It’s amazing to watch the growth in your lives. Thank you for entrusting me on your journey. Keep growing and living in a spirit of gratefulness!”
— Blessings, Geri

Testimonials

She gave me the courage to continue my fight and keep moving forward.
…I will never be able to thank her for all she has done for me

- Michelle

I am amazed how something as simple as having an outside godly perspective for one hour a week can change a person, a family, and an entire household. Geri Carlson not only has a gift for people, but a genuine passion for bringing out the “truth in love.” - Rebecca

No amount of words seem to say enough to thank you. You are so good at what you do in helping others. Where would I have been without you?! You’ve carried me a long distance. The Lord sent you and I am so grateful.

- April

Geri Carlson was an incredible asset and volunteer in our response to the 2011 tornado in Joplin, MO… I remember seeing Geri talking with many people who were hurting, had lost everything, and were in need of physical, emotional, and spiritual assistance. Geri was able to offer a listening ear, prayer, encouragement, and hope to hurting people in one of the most critical moments of their life. For that, we are eternally grateful. - Nick

We met with Geri for the first time as a family and she gave us guidance on how to best help [our child]. It totally changed our lives. I am in tears writing this because God has used Geri to help us and minister to us more than she will ever know… Now anyone who mentions ADHD or ‘trouble with their child’ I give them Geri’s card and tell them to run — Run and make that first appointment! - Madeline

I know if it was not for the matter of seeking help through counseling with God-based holiness I would not be where I am today. I now feel great. I smile often, [I’m] not alone anymore. Thank you. - Richard

 

MORE TESTIMONIALS

Some information has been omitted to respect confidentiality.
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Individual Coaching 

“What can I say about Geri Carlson…but an amazing person!!!
I was really at rock bottom and so exhausted about fighting what I was going thru. …I emailed Geri and immediately she got back in touch with me.  She spent a great deal of time helping me thru the trial I was facing.  She gave me the courage to continue my fight and keep moving forward.
…I will never be able to thank her for all she has done for me.”

– Michelle  (Coaching)

 

“You can’t realize what a blessing Geri is. The tools she has given me have been such a help in my trying, struggling times with no one to count on but myself! I am blessed by Geri’s wisdom. Wow…Thank you!!”

– Lindsey  (Coaching)

 

 

Couples/Marriage Coaching & Counseling

 

“This was a lifesaver. I’m glad to be on the same team again. Thank you.” 
– Bill  (Couples Coaching with his wife)

 

From a husband…
“This is very helpful. It’s great!”

 

“To think, two weeks ago we wanted to end our marriage. Thank you.”

 

“We know we’re going to be okay now.”

 

“This is so helpful.”

 

“Coming to you changed our marriage.”

 

Wife to her husband…
“I’m loving our time together now.”

 

 

Family Counseling (& Coaching)

 

Written by a wife/mother…
I am amazed how something as simple as having an outside godly perspective for one hour a week can change a person, a family and an entire household. Geri Carlson not only has a gift for people, but a genuine passion for bringing out the “truth in love.” …

She has counseled us in marriage, parenting skills and setting boundaries. I can honestly say that for the first time I feel skilled to handle whatever challenges may arise in our family. In addition to this, I feel equipped that I am capable of setting a godly example for my family even in the most challenging of times.

I thank God for Geri Carlson…continued blessing and success.”

– [Signature — name withheld.]

 

 

FROM AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION LEADER

“Geri Carlson was an incredible asset and volunteer in our response to the 2011 Tornado in Joplin, Missouri.
She selflessly traveled to Joplin, immediately, got to work, and was quickly able to use her compassion and skills as a counselor. I remember seeing Geri talking with many people who were hurting, had lost everything and were in need of physical, emotional and spiritual assistance. Geri was able to offer a listening ear, prayer, encouragement and hope to hurting people in one of the most critical moments of their life. For that, we are eternally grateful.”

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Parsons
Orchard Group
www.orchardgroup.org
(Previous Executive Director of Mustard Seed Global Fellowship:  www.msgf.com)

 

 

LIFE CLASSES

The Be REAL Study

– curriculum by Geri Carlson 

A study of Jesus’s life on earth exemplifying for us how to live our lives in a very real way.

Be…
Relational – Encouraging – Authentic – Loving

 

“I’ve never had a class like this before. I’ve never been this vulnerable before, especially in church.”

“This is real!”

“I can use this to help the people at work, even non-believers.”

“I’ve never seen this much Scripture in a study.” (A minister commenting on the biblical resources of the curriculum)

“This is the best class I’ve ever taken!” 

“I wish I had this years ago when I was really struggling.”

 

 

MARRIAGE CLASS: 

“I really like your class… I’m getting a lot out of it!”

 

“It’s life-changing.”

 

“This is so good!”

 

“I’m loving it, and so is (my husband)!”

 

“We’ve all been talking about it and now another friend wants to come. Is it too late?”

 

 

PARENTING CLASS: 

created and instructed by Geri Carlson 

 

“I look forward to this class every week… Thank you!!!”

 

“I need to change my ways and I am so excited to learn from you and this class!”

 

“Really enjoyed learning about the different styles of parenting.”

 

“I really like the discussion format. Open format keeps it real… Good stuff!”

 

“We need you for the next 15 years!”

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EVENTS

– Speaking, Seminars

Comments from women’s groups…

I needed to ‘hit the pause button’ and try a different approach… Attitudes changed! 
– From a woman one day after our conference (The REAL Living Method)  

Comments from some parent groups…

“One of the things that really stuck with me – and I made an effort to change – was ‘labeling’ my kids. …I took that in and made a change. It made me feel bad but I needed change!”

– Mom, providing feedback at a speaking event, who had previously participated in Geri’s parenting class.

 

I learned… “Making sure to take time everyday to fill up (my child’s) love tank, even if there is a bazillion things to do!”

“Thanks so much for all your time and insight!”

– Mother of Preschooler (MOPS group)

 

I learned… “When you find (a child’s) love language, (it is) easier to discipline…”

“Thank you for today! Huge encouragement!”

– Mother of Preschooler (MOPS group)

 

I learned… “Praise is not the same as encouragement. (Also…)  Don’t say, “I love you, but…”

– Mother of Preschooler (MOPS group)

 

“I learned a ton about words of affirmation. My daughter always needs me to tell her how good she is doing and sometimes I think it’s a bit too much. I tell her to stop asking and now I know I need to understand me telling her to stop could be hurting her. I appreciate your talk about that.”

–  Mom in attendance at a speaking event.

 

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Family & Child Counseling (Coaching)

 

Written by a wife/mother…

“I am amazed how something as simple as having an outside godly perspective for one hour a week can change a person, a family and an entire household. Geri Carlson not only has a gift for people, but a genuine passion for bringing out the “truth in love.” …

She has counseled us in marriage, parenting skills and setting boundaries. I can honestly say that for the first time I feel skilled to handle whatever challenges may arise in our family. In addition to this, I feel equipped that I am capable of setting a godly example for my family even in the most challenging of times.

I thank God for Geri Carlson…continued blessing and success.”

– [Signature — name withheld.]

 

 

Written by a wife/mother…
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Geri Carlson for eight years. In that time I have grown to respect, admire but most of all love her.  When Geri touches your life you never ever forget her because she touches your heart.

Geri was my son’s —— ————–.  [My son] had some “boy” issues and when everyone else was ready to throw in the towel, Geri loved him, guided him and taught him how to deal with the problems he had. She not only helped him get back on the right track but helped him realize he was special because he was one of God’s children. She never gave up on him. Over [the] —- —–  years —– — ——- —–, she would call me, checking to see how he was doing in school. She would check to see how I was doing. How my younger children were doing in their life journey.  She never forgot about us, we weren’t just another family to her, we were special.

About —- years ago my son started having problems in high school. I could not get him to talk to me. I tried to have him talk to his grandpa, dad, uncle…. He would not talk to anyone.  The first person I thought of was Geri, I asked her if she would talk to him. When I asked him if he would talk to her, he said yes!! Everyday I now see his healing, new found confidence. I love seeing him realize he has many good choices he can make. Best of all I love seeing him growing closer to God.  I can see it in his actions, how kind he is to [his siblings].

I don’t think Geri knows how she has affected MY life. She believed in my son at a time when everyone else had given up on him. She picked me up and dusted me off many times when I was at my lowest. God put her in my life when I needed a friend the most. The times she called just happened to be the times I needed that call the most.  But I am not sure she knew all of the guidance, encourage, love and hope she gave me over the years without even knowing it.”

– [Parent signature — name intentionally withheld.]

 

 

Parenting Coaching

 

Written by a wife/mother…

A Mother’s Letter (in part) after seeing Geri in search of help for her child:

 

“We have had behavior issues with [our child] ever since [s/he] was born.

I want to share a God-thing in my life…“

“We talked about children with ADHD and how there are other ways besides medicine to help them. I made the comment, ‘I could really use talking with you about my [child] because something is not right and I need help.‘ We started communicating and Geri consistently sent me emails saying she was praying for me.

After talking with Geri some more, she recommended a psychologist …{content omitted} …for us to get [our child] tested. I was hesitant but trusted Geri’s advice. That was the best decision we made because this psychologist is so conservative that she upfront told me she does not recommend medicine until all other avenues have been exhausted since she believes there are so many alternatives.

Come to find out, our [child] has a ton of red flags for Aspergers… Finally we have hope. Finally someone who can help listened and told us we were not crazy and it wasn’t in our heads. A huge burden was lifted off our shoulders that day!

[My husband] and I prayed about it and talked about it and we knew we wanted [Geri] to be our source of help. We wanted to do the behavior modification because no matter what is wrong, we are not perfect parents and we want to help our [child]. We want a peaceful home life. Our home was not a pleasant place to be. The days were so challenging… {content omitted}. That changed three weeks ago.

Geri conferred with the psychologist and is also observing [our child] in school! But three weeks ago we met with Geri for the first time as a family and she gave us guidance on how to best help [our child]. It TOTALLY CHANGED OUR LIVES. I am in tears writing this because God has used Geri to help us and minister to us more than she will ever know!

We implemented the things Geri suggested and in the last three weeks, one meltdown. ONE. It was at least one a DAY before. WOW. God has brought us peace and happiness!!! 

This has to be why God brought us here!!! It has to!

He has used Geri and her ministry to help us and minister to us!

The main thing she keeps telling us is that we have hope in God and we are not bad parents. Man, in today’s world there is such an overwhelming need for parents who struggle to hear this. It was what we needed to hear, that’s for sure! What a great opportunity…!

I [know] three moms who keep talking about how they are at their whits end with their child and don’t know what to do. I tell them to pray and then strongly encourage them to make an appointment with [Geri] because God has used [her] to change our lives. And I let them know how my baby has made significant improvement, and us as parents have too, in just weeks!!! And how encouraging [this counseling and coaching service] is because Geri takes time for us and encourages us and prays for and with us.

So now anyone who mentions ADHD or ‘trouble with their child’ I give them Geri’s card and tell them to run. Run and make that first appointment!”

– [Parent signature — name withheld.]

 

 

More Individual Coaching & Counseling

 

From a senior citizen male:

“After [more than forty] years of marriage my life with my wife came to an end. It happens to all of us, sooner or later; never ready. I seeked a grief counselor for a few weeks. Then I started my own (grief support group) with men and women. …Still I had many problems – got involved in a relationship with a long time friend. [I] thought that was going to solve all loss, depression, suffering, and loneliness. Boy, was I wrong. It only added to all my problems thinking I could do all things on my own and do what was best for me. …But everything was me first and not thinking of no one but me and my friend. This is where you, Geri Carlson, came into my life.

I poured out my feelings to you, all my wants, in hope to solve all my problems and feelings. Over a period of six to eight weeks things began to look brighter. I finally started to see what God wanted me to see and acted upon it. Oh yes, not an easy thing to do:  ACT on it! Four more weeks of time with God coming first and acting on it. Then my feelings and things have changed a lot with help from you, Geri. I know if it was not for the matter of seeking help through counseling with God-based holiness I would not be where I am today.

I now feel great. I smile often. Feel better. Not alone anymore. THANK YOU.”

– [Name withheld.] Written to Geri from an adult gentleman (senior citizen).

 

 

From a senior citizen woman:

“Dear Geri,

Teacher, my guide, my friend… Normally I can write a pretty touching card though no amount of words seem to say enough to thank you.

You are so good at what you do in helping others. Where would I have been without you?! You’ve carried me a long distance. The Lord sent you and I am so grateful. Praise God!…

Very Sincerely, with Admiration & Love,”

– An Adult Woman

 

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To God be the glory!

These testimonials are a sampling of the letters and comments received. Some letters were written directly to the individual’s referring church, to provide feedback on services received (the individual providing a copy to Geri as well). Content used with permission.  Confidentiality respected (omitted names; testimonials on file).