Since 2008 I have worked and served in the “people business” – in the areas of juvenile justice, family counseling, at-risk youth, and education. I am currently completing a graduate counseling degree, with the goal of becoming a professional counselor in 2022.

I’m John Guerrero and I’m passionate about helping all people to find the help they need to transform their lives.

I’ve been working with people of all types for the last thirteen years, in many different capacities. Through the years, I’ve discovered my true passion and purpose – to encourage, motivate, and equip people to live more fully and to discover real change.

I’ve learned that none of us are put together perfectly. We all have some brokenness lingering in our lives, keeping us from the abundant and thriving life that God wants for us. My God-given purpose is to help people – of all ages and backgrounds – to discover their own potential and the lives that they can experience when they overcome their struggles.

What’s my story?

As I’ve considered my passion and burden for helping people to overcome their struggles, it’s become clear why this is something that I’m so drawn to. As is often said, experience is the best teacher, and it is often easier to relate to a person who is going through stuff when you’ve gone through stuff yourself. This is certainly true of me. I’ve had my share of struggles, and I’ve had to work to overcome many problems in my life, my relationships, my beliefs, and my emotions. This is why I think I care so much about helping others – because I want to see them experience what, by God’s grace, I’ve been able to experience and am still experiencing today – growth and transformation.

I was born into a family that was already dealing with lots of brokenness. My parents were teenagers when I came into the world, ill-prepared to care for a baby or even care for their own relationship. Luckily my Grandmother stepped in and helped to raise me, as my parents fought to grow up and learn how to be adults and parents to myself and, eventually, my little sister.

My mom came from abuse in her past, and my dad was an alcoholic and very temperamental. Neither of them had a relationship with God that instilled any convictions or caused any growth in them. These issues, and more, fostered the brokenness and made the struggle even harder.

My parents finally decided to get married when I was six years old, but even after their marriage, as the family move in together and more kids were added, the struggles continued. Family conflict, arguments, violence, alcohol abuse, infidelity – all of these were present from my childhood into adolescence. And then, in my teenage years, depression, anxiety, insecurity, and anger were issues that I found myself struggling with, which led to secrets, addictions, and dishonesty that carried into my adult life and even into my marriage.

This is where I come from, and these are the very real issues and problems that affected me from birth into adulthood. But, this was not my end. Through an ongoing experience with God, through discovery and self-awareness, through conversations with helpers, and through lots of effort and work to make lasting changes, I have learned ways to overcome and move past all the brokenness in my past. And this is what I believe is possible for so many other people.

My Core Beliefs and Practices:

All People Have Dignity

I believe in unconditional positive regard for all people, meaning that all people – regardless of age, background, past experiences, race, ethnicity, or preference – are worthy of the same type of help and compassion. All people were created in God’s image and, therefore, have inherent value.

Love Brings Change

I believe that compassion and love have the power to begin the change process with anyone. At their core, most people have the desire to feel loved and to belong. Once relational security is made evident, trust is built. And with trust comes the potential for transformation. I choose to love all people, but am especially passionate about loving those who have long felt unloved by the world around them.

The Heart Comes First

I don’t believe in simple behavior modification. Attempting to change a person’s behavior without first addressing what’s inside is futile and leads to relapse. My own change journey began with the heart – realizing what was broken inside of me, and addressing the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that led to my behaviors. I believe that helping a person to see what’s inside of them that needs fixing is the first step in leading them to lifelong transformation.

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