Dynamics of Growth, Inc. was founded in 1988 by Dr. Al Larson and Sue Larson. Al and Sue were called to minister to people who were wounded and had a desire to be transformed. Parts of the vision they had for Dynamics of Growth have been realized, others are still in process.
The clinic has consistently grown, offering services and information in the following areas:
- In-office counseling for individuals, couples, and families
- Personal Transformation Training and Master Practitioner Certification in counseling ministry
- Masters Degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling
- Ministry Products including books, tapes, videos, workbooks, and other programs for individuals and churches
- Corporate Coaching and Training to the business community
The clinic specializes in Cooperating with God for a Change® training, a technique centered in discovering Biblical principles that can revolutionize our lives. This method of renewal has developed over the course of two decades of research, training, counseling practice, and study of God’s Word. Thousands of people have benefited from this unique, Christ-centered approach to transforming their beliefs and their lives forever. Many of their stories can be found in our Testimonials section.
Founders of Dynamics of Growth, Inc.
Dr. Al Larson and Sue Larson founded Dynamics of Growth, a non-profit Counseling Clinic, in 1988. The dynamic and Biblically-based concepts utilized in Dynamics of Growth grew out of ministry and education in the field of counseling psychology and theology that Dr. Larson was receiving, coupled with some profound changes in his life.
Al began helping people in 1978; he quickly discovered the fundamental inadequacy of psychology when used alone as a tool to help him or in his ministry to others. This was the beginning of a journey developing and refining the foundations of Dynamics of Growth, Cooperating with God for a Change® training.
Over the years, Dr. Larson and his staff have counseled thousands of clients. The goal of the clinic is to help people renew using the most effective methods in the shortest period of time. The methods used to help people renew come in the forms of counseling, training programs, seminars, workbooks, and tapes. Many of these tools have been produced and are available in our Products section.
The clinic has grown for one simple reason, the methods and techniques work. Our clients’ lives have been changed and renewed. Check out some of their stories in our Testimonials section.
Founders of Dynamics of Growth
Dr. Al Larson
Al is the President & founder of Dynamics of Growth, he provides counseling and training to families and individuals and works as a corporate trainer and coach. He is also a Christian, husband, father and grandfather. His education and background offer a unique method of renewal, cooperating with how God made the human nervous system and what God asks of us.
Al has a Doctorate of Ministry in Clinical Pastoral Counseling, M.A. in Psychology, MA in Theology, and Master Certification in Human Design Engineering. Al is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor, certified with the North American Psychologist Association, a supervising therapist with the American Academy of Clinical Family Therapists and is a professor at the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology. Al created a concept of counseling known as Theosynergistic Neuro-TransformationTM (Cooperating with God for a ChangeTM). He also has advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Al’s business history includes: President of United Consumer Marketing, General Manager of Gabberts Furniture, General Manager of Gourmet Foods, and past President of Twin City Youth for Christ. This business background, combined with the proven methods of TNT Counseling are transforming people, and, improving their effectiveness in the workplace.
In order to understand the foundation and vision of Dynamics of Growth it is important to know Al’s personal testimony. Al grew up in a very dysfunctional home. His childhood experiences of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse had a profound effect on Al’s ability to love or to let anyone love him. These experiences had given Al a very specific meaning to the concept of love. Through out his life, due to the abuses he experienced, if someone said, I love you, Al was afraid. If Al had thoughts or feelings of loving someone else, he was terrified. Quite literally, love meant pain to him.
When Al was 9 years old, his alcoholic father was killed in a bar fight. Someone hit him over the head with a beer bottle and killed him. Al has amnesia for the first 12 years of his life. He does not have any memories of his four younger siblings or any event except the dozen or so memories of the abuses he experienced. After his Dads death, the family moved to a housing project, which was better then what he was living in prior to his Dad’s death but an extremely scary place to grow up. One of the memories Al has in the housing project is that he was done running and hiding and by age 11 he started to drink and fight. Al was aware of only three emotions during his teen years horrible fear, impulsive anger and numb.
Al married his wife Sue when they were both very young, 17 years old. Sue had a love for Al that was different than any he had ever experienced. She had an unconditional love for Al; as Al puts it Sue loved me well. They had a son named Allan who danced little circles of joy whenever dad came home. Through time, this new and consistent example of love (God’s Agape Love) from Sue and Allan, were counter examples to Al’s belief that love equals pain. This amazing love opened Al’s heart and mind so that he could eventually receive God’s love, and in October of 1978, when he was 30 years old Al became a follower of Christ. Al went ALL IN, SOLD OUT AND BECAME A LIVING SACRIFICE TO HIS SAVIOR AND LORD JESUS CHRIST TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
Shortly after becoming a Christian Al read in the Bible that a husband is called to Love your Wife like Christ Loved the church. It became clear that due to the abusive behavior at the hands of people who he loved, and who said they loved him, he did not know how to really love anyone. Due to his distorted meaning of love, he had created strategies to protect himself from ever being abused again. Put simply, he lived his life through the strategy of Never let people know you love them. Obviously this strategy and goal to do not let your wife know how much you love her did not serve God’s desire that Al design a healthy and intimate relationship with his wife Sue.
When Al accepted God’s love through Christ, he was no longer able to ignore or deny his dysfunctional perspective about love. The beliefs, values, and attitude that are the Foundations to Dynamics of Growth and Cooperating with God for a Change are the result of Al’s desire to conform, be molded into the image of Christ, as well as the desire to help others experience the passion and abundance that comes from a commitment to the Spirit of God that has been sealed in the believer.
To serve this mission of empowering believers to live life passionately and abundantly is Al’s Life’s work. He began an intense search for ministry tools that would be affective in transforming him, as well as others. What Al discovered has become the foundation of Dynamics of Growth, and Theosynergistic Neuro-TransformationTM (TNT) or Cooperating with God for a ChangeTM.
Sue is co-founder and partner in Dynamics of Growth; she does seminars, teaches, and counsels primarily with women. Sue has an MA in counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker. She has additional training in Thought Field Therapy, Chemical Dependency counseling, and TNT. Sue, as all counselors at Dynamics of Growth, uses the principles and techniques of Cooperating With God For A Changeï¿½ to help people renew and live healthy, fulfilling lives. Sue is a Christian, wife, mother, and Grandmother.
Al is the CEO of Jericho Ventures, LLC and President, CEO and founder of Dynamics of Growth, Inc., which provides counseling and training to families and individuals. Al also serves as a corporate trainer and consultant/coach. He is a follower of Christ, married with two children and seven grandchildren. His education and background offer a unique method of renewal—cooperating with how God made the human nervous system and applied theology.
Al has a Doctorate of Ministry in Clinical Pastoral Counseling, M.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Theology, and Master Certification in Human Design Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Board Certified Counselor.
Al developed a concept of counseling known as Theosynergistic Neuro-Transformation™ (Cooperating with God for a Change®). He teaches training courses and workshops to individuals who are interested in learning this method. He has also co-authored the book, Escaping the Matrix.
A Note From Al
The reason that I share my story is to encourage and give hope to everyone who has been physically, sexually, and emotionally abused and wounded.
So many of us became victims of evil intentions when we were too little to cognitively or physically protect ourselves. However, God designed a way for all of us to heal emotionally just like He designed a physical way to heal a cut. The past does not have to keep us in bondage; we do not have to remain defined by the things that happened to us. We can become more than survivors. We can flourish!
Many people hear my story and think that they should be emotionally healthy because they did not go through the kinds of abuse that I did. There are many ways beliefs are installed in us other than the obvious kinds of abuse that I experienced. It is what lies within that matters. It is what we believe that needs to change. When our thoughts align with truth, the lie will no longer define us. God bless your journey to freedom.
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"When I was a very young girl, my grandfather sexually abused me. I spent approximately 20 years, most of my life, telling no one and denying what had happened to me. Finally during my college years, as my wedding day was slowly approaching, I began to hurt deeply from not ever having dealt with it. I tried two different counselors, but neither addressed my problems. For a year and a half I put my abuse on the back burner because I thought that no one could help me, and I was too tired of failing to make progress.
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