Many have benefitted from the School of Hope and have proudly shared their success stories below. Read on to learn how one-on-one Biblical Counseling helped Hope rise in them.
Freedom from Meds
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder right after my baby was born. It was a rollercoaster ride with constant ups and downs. I was on heavy medication on and off for 29 years.
One day I heard about Pastor Sona's ministry and heard about the miracles that were happening with people. Instantly, I had a desire to meet her and I did. When I saw her I felt in my heart that she would be able to help me.
She started working with me one-on-one. She was listening and understanding me so well. Her teachings about anger and forgiveness were transforming my mindset. Anger was my biggest struggle.
After working with me for quite some time, I was able to stop the medication. It has been 6 years since I heard my psychiatrist tell me, "You are doing well. I will see you in a year."
I am doing better without medication than I have ever done with medication.
The freedom that came to me through Pastor Sona's counseling and teachings is priceless. I don’t recognize myself at times. Sometimes the way I think, act, and feel is so much different than who I was before. I learned healthy ways and they are helping me to keep my cool and understand others.
Thank you, Jesus, for helping me to find the right place for me to heal.
M.Y. Los Angeles
My Life Has Color Again
I was battling the darkest time of my life when I started counseling sessions with Sona Jamgochian. I have struggled with depression in the past and was recently diagnosed with a serious medical condition, so anxiety, fear, and worry are no strangers to me. However, I knew what I was dealing with wasn’t anxiety. It wasn’t depression. It wasn’t psychiatric. It was so much darker than that. It was impossible to shake off. I was prescribed psych meds that I reluctantly (and minimally) took, which, needless to say, didn’t help. I refused to continue taking them and threw them out because I knew what I needed was so much more than just to numb my emotions. I didn’t realize that fear and paranoia had taken hold of me, and I had become mistrusting of everyone around me. I needed help, but how was I supposed to get it when I couldn’t even trust the people closest to me?
On top of all this, I was losing sense of reality and was questioning my mortality. At times, I believed I entered another “realm” or “dimension” and became immortal. I questioned having a real heartbeat. I questioned my soul for having left my body.
My biggest fear during all this was, “Did God leave me?” Of course, He didn’t. He led me to the School of Hope, where the Holy Spirit healed me, gave me hope, and restored my senses.
I had my first session with Sona, and that night was the first time I had slept without waking up, without anxiety or fear, in almost 3 months. It was a life-changing experience.
It’s been 1 month and 4 days since I started therapy with her, and we have been seeing the miracles of God over and over again during and after our sessions—things that are inexplainable and can be dismissed as mere coincidences, but we know they're not. It’s God’s hand in everything.
I will forever be grateful to Sona for giving me hope, healing, and peace during the toughest period of my life. A period where a detrimental attack on my body didn’t compare to the attack on my mind. A period in which life became devoid of color.
I went through a period where I was a shell of a person and lost interest in everything I used to enjoy.
I now have my life back, and it has color again. Food has flavor again. Joy and laughter are back. Most importantly, my faith and relationship with God are strong again. Thank you, Sona. All I can say is thank you over and over again.
T.M. Los angeles
Healing from Trauma
Two years of traditional counseling sessions neither brought me closure nor healing from the years of trauma I endured. It just left me constantly asking “why.”
It was not until I sought biblical counseling with Sona that my life suddenly changed. My healing was almost instantaneous and miraculous. Through her counseling and tireless prayers, I was set free from my unbearable grief, loss, hurt, betrayal, anger, bitterness, disappointment and feelings of oppression that held me like prison doors. I was finally free to live my life. Indeed, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Looking back now, I see that God was with me every step of the way as I made my way through the raging storm of my life.
I did not know that on the other side of the storm was a new beginning, joy and answered prayers. Even when I gave up on my dreams, God never gave up on me. Two weeks after my 48th birthday, I gave birth to a beautiful baby, my greatest miracle, my promise fulfilled. Hope in God never fails. Thank you, pastor Sona for walking this broken road with me and teaching me to endure through your powerful prayers. Truly, you are a woman of God.
Freedom from Anxiety
During the pandemic fear grabbed my heart, I was so afraid to go out and get something, because of severe anxiety. My anxiety level was so elevated that I felt pain every time I touched my head.
I started seeing a counselor and she recommended anxiety drugs, because my anxiety was so severe. I was so reluctant and hesitant to take the medication.
My friend mentioned Sona's counseling, how she helped many individuals through Biblical counseling.
I booked my appointment with Sona Jamgotchian and started my sessions and began taking Dr. Amen's supplements.
Within 2 weeks my headache started getting less. During the sessions I process all the guilt and the traumas that I endured in my life. Week after week I started seeing improvement and felt freedom from old bondages.
Today, I no longer take the supplements, and I feel stronger than before. I am able to handle stressful situations and know how to avoid feeling anxious. I learned techniques that help me regulate my thoughts to stay out of anxiety.
During my counseling season I started attending church services. Biblical counseling combined with the word of God helped me to overcome my fears and have confidence that God has my future in His hands. I found hope.
When you think all hope is gone
I came to see Pastor Nazaret and Sona at my lowest, when I hit rock bottom, because of severe bipolar disorder and mild schizophrenia. I was seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist and was on heavy medication for my mental health, but my soul did not get healed until I allowed Pastor Nazaret and Sona to counsel me and to work with me. Through prayers I received freedom and emotional healing. The journey was rather long and painful but through perseverance the pain got lighter with every session.
I had lost everything and everyone I cherished dearly, and worst of all I lost myself and was on the verge of homelessness. But through it all Pastor Nazaret and Sona never left my side and still support me to this day.
I also participated in School of Hope webinars. Through the teachings and one-on-one counseling, I found hope again. I can testify that my healing didn’t stop at healing myself or my emotions; it went deeper than I could ever anticipate. My financial situation changed; and not only is my business thriving but my mental health has never been better.
In January 2022, my psychiatrist cleared me from my medication. Looking back, investing in me through counseling, prayer, and taking care of my health was, by far, the best gift to myself. I am forever grateful to Pastor Nazaret and Sona and to all those who played a part in it.