Testimonials

I woke up one morning and was overwhelmed with guilt associated with failures to my wife, children and myself.  I told my wife of my infidelity and thought there was no way to repair my marriage.   Somehow, God blessed me with a wife that loved me and didn’t want to divorce me and with children who loved me unconditionally.  I knew I didn’t want a divorce and that I wanted a chance to be the kind of person I expected of myself. 

 It was very humbling to admit that I needed help from a counselor.  But I really did.  Given the emotions of the situation and the lack of trust and credibility with my wife, there was no way I would have been able to effectively deal with the situation without help.  Adding an unknown third party to the situation was frightening.  What if we picked the wrong person?  Would he ruin any chance of reconciling?  Things were tenuous already, we didn’t need to make a mistake at that juncture.  Thankfully, our church referred us to Ramon Presson.

 It didn’t take long to realize Ramon was someone that was easy to talk to and someone who genuinely cared about me.  While these are admirable traits, they alone wouldn’t have been enough to fix my problems.  Ramon was able to draw on his training and experience in counseling others to guide me through a very difficult time.  In effect, I was broken and my marriage was broken.  Ramon took all of the broken pieces and helped us find a way to reconfigure them and put them back together..like a mosaic. He believed in me and because of this I was able to believe in myself again.  As a result, with God’s grace my wife and I have been able to work through things and in many ways our relationship is stronger than ever.

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The day of my first appointment with Ramon I was so depressed that it was all I could do to get myself out of bed and get to his office. I was told that he was not only an experienced therapist and written a book about depression, but had actually experienced a season of severe depression himself.  I thought maybe he could understand what I was going through.  Both professionally and personally, he gets it.  He walked with me through the progress, plateaus, and the setbacks.  When you’re in the midst of depression you can’t remember feeling good and you fear you’ll never feel good again.  I found support and guidance and I found hope.  And before too long I found my footing again.

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Ramon Presson has been my sounding board and my guide through many of the twists and turns (as well as some substantially steep drops) that I’ve traveled over the last few years. His counseling has always pressed me to think through situations and my responses in and to those situations with more insight and clarity. As a great counselor, Ramon never tells me what to do or say, but instead gently opens windows and doors along the way to shed more light and offer more perspective. I have recommended Ramon’s services to many friends and will continue to do so in the future.

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Ramon is great at providing faith-based guidance without judgment or condemnation.  He listens and gently helps deal with every issue using encouragement instead of pressure.  During emergencies, he has been available in a supportive role that truly helped me get through some very difficult situations. 

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When I went to see Ramon I was not very hopeful that my marriage could survive the crisis my husband and I were facing.  I agreed to go because I knew I still loved my husband.  I had never been to a counselor so I did not know what to expect.  Ramon was great.  He was very easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable, especially considering I was telling him all about my life and my marriage.  He provided spiritual guidance and emotional wisdom.  I knew he was praying for my husband and me to have hope and peace.    I laughed & cried through sessions and somewhere along the way I began to feel hopeful.  We have a “new normal” in our marriage and I have peace.  As impossible as it sounds (and I never would have believed it) our marriage is better than it was before the crisis. We’re gonna make it.   

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Ramon Presson has made a lasting difference in my life and in our marriage.  I was in a place where I needed someone to come alongside me, to help get my marriage and spiritual life back where they belong – Ramon has done that in a manner that far exceeded my hopes.  Ramon is biblical, not preachy; wise, with no hint of condescension; and is willing to tell me what I need to hear in a caring yet direct way.  My wife was very doubtful that I could open up and actually enjoy a counselor and value our times together as I do.

 

The Most Published Practicing Therapist in Tennessee

Ramon is the creator and co-author with Dr. Gary Chapman of Love Talks for Couples and Love Talks for Families.

He is also the author of five Serendipity House/LifeWay books:

Vital Pursuits: Developing My Spiritual Life;

Intentional Choices: Discovering Contentment in Stressful Times

Recovering From Divorce: Overcoming the Death of A Dream;

Radical Reconciliation: The Journey of Forgiveness

Beyond the Shadows: Hope for Overcoming Depression.

He is co-author of The Secret Seductress: Breaking the Destructive Cycle of Pornography

Ramon’s newest book "When Will My Life Not Suck? Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned" was released in 2011.

A weekly newspaper columnist, Presson has written feature articles for Marriage Partnership, Discipleship Journal, Christian Single, and Single Adult Ministry Journal.

Magazine Articles

Travels With Louise & Clark: Helping Couples Become Explorers Again
(Marriage Partnership)

Mission Trips Without Guilt Trips
(Discipleship Journal)

The Dating Speedway
(Published in Christian Single)

Newspaper Columns

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