Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling International Representative Spotlight
Bret W. Larrimore, Sr. of Easton, MD is an International Representative of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling since 2012. He is also an I.C.C.A. Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, and N.S.I. Certified Strengths Advisor.
My ministry, Intentional Connections, is a personal ministry that specializes in Addiction Recovery and Relational Improvement. I am not a professional counselor or therapist. I am a Coach, or “Personal Developer.” I have made my living as a custom residential and furniture painter for over 35 years and now am pursuing the visional direction for my life – my purpose.
I was introduced to Temperament on the first day as a “counselee” at a Christian Counseling Center in October of 2008. I had no idea of the unfamiliar path God would be leading me along, and how He would use me. It is an honor to be sharing that journey with you.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
(Isaiah 42:16 NIV)
I struggled with addiction and bad relationships for many years. Being led to Christian Counseling and temperament was pivotal in my personal recovery, and the APS (Arno Profile System) was, and still is, my most valuable asset. Discovering the inner-most, and hidden, details of myself helped allow God to answer the question “Why did I do what I didn’t want to do?” Through this understanding, a great level of forgiveness toward others followed. This discovery led to a desire within me to know more, and also to a calling to help others find freedom from addictive behaviors, and ways to improve their relationships.
After a few months of bi-weekly counseling, I was led to the SACC and the “Creation Therapy” course. This course opened my eyes to the wonderful differences in people, the many issues people struggle with in marriages and relationships on a daily basis, and more importantly, how to help facilitate the healing journey. It became a powerful tool for recovery from life itself. Upon completion of the course, I was accepted as a member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and began administering temperament questionnaires and helping people understand themselves in a deeper way. It was around this time that my recovery coaching ministry, Intentional Connections, was born.
Not feeling the desire, or equipped, to do counseling, I was very much drawn to the Recovery Coaching ministry. My temperament, gifts, and strengths profiles have confirmed where my passion for helping people develop and grow comes from…within. I am made for it. My primary target group for ministry is with men is recovery from sexual addiction. For the past 10+ years, I have been honored to lead an L.I.F.E. Recovery International support group. I have also been on the Board of Directors, gave Sunday morning messages, and taught the Created in God’s Image course to some men in a transitional housing program for men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
I have also been blessed to be a supporting member, small group facilitator, and presenter of information and understanding of Temperament, with The Underground Ministry which is a 3-Day Intensive Healing Workshop for men struggling with sexual addiction here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I can’t say for certain, but I believe we are the only recovery workshop that administers the APS profile, and teaches about temperament in recovery. What makes it even better is working together in this area with the counselor who introduced me to the APS.
As time has passed, and I have grown, so has the use and application of the Arno Profile System’s temperament profile. With its high accuracy and comprehensive teaching, The APS is now foundational to all the work I do. In private personal ministry, I have administered over 100 APS profile reports. I wouldn’t want to coach without it.
I have been blessed to recently create an 8-week course that helps each student, in recovery or not, to gain a deeper understanding of God, self, and others. I call it “The Purpose Box”. Over the 8-week period of 2 hours a night, one night a week, (currently presented on the ZOOM video meeting platform) each student will read the “Created in God’s Image” course book, complete the APS and 3 additional personal inventories. Each person discovers who they truly are, what their strengths and weaknesses are, how their mind naturally thinks, what their spiritual gifts are, and ultimately find a visional direction for their lives and purpose. It doesn’t matter what they’ve done, where they come from, what they’ve experienced, or what false core beliefs has rooted in their minds; each person is fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator.
Comments about “The Purpose Box” Favorite part = APS
“This material gives insight into character/behavior and offers paths forward in healthy ways.”
Favorite part = APS
“I found this course to be very valuable to understanding why I acted, and treated people, the way I did. This course also was an eye opener to who I am.”
I pray that the Lord will allow this course to reach many in the recovery communities, and families as well. The Arno Profile System is the foundation to this course. The APS is also valuable in discipleship and the APS is vital in gaining this understanding in order to find one’s place in the function of the body of Christ. The Purpose Box helps one find their purpose.
“It was He who gave some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be Evangelists, some to be Pastors, and Teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith…”
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV)
The APS, Created in God’s Image, and Creation Therapy are essential tools for valuable understanding.
“Wisdom is supreme, get wisdom. Though it cost everything you have, get understanding.”
Proverbs 4:7 (NIV)
Intentional Connections is honored to be a small part of the SACC and to be able to use the APS and teach about temperament to provide powerful understanding to all who are willing. I don’t know what the future holds, but I am trusting the Lord Jesus to continue to guide me along very welcome unfamiliar paths.
Remember, I was once a “counselee” and as each of you Pastoral Counselors introduce clients to, or teach students about the APS, encourage them to follow God’s lead, the passions in their hearts, and seek a vision for God’s purpose for their lives. Who knows what God will do with the seeds you are planting? I am grateful to God for the Arnos, their family, and the APS.