As a mental health therapist, I am passionate about wanting to and enabling my clients to write the next and healthier chapter of their lives. I work to create a nonjudgmental and safe space for individuals to unload the heavy burden from life baggage, to brave the murky waters of shame by shining light into this darkness and then once we’ve waded through this heartache together, to take inventory of that which serves in a positive light. In all cases, there is an underlying wealth of goodness and I am always in awe of this wonderful discovery. I have found once we have established a trusting relationship, and my client is open to this journey, the light that burns within each and every one of the people whom I work with starts to shine brighter, and as the client’s light illuminates, mine is charged too. What makes our lights more brilliant is the organic authenticity of truth that surfaces. I have found as we release the façade of ego, (beliefs and judgements that hold us back) the true self will be freed to step forward and persevere. I am blessed to be part of this celestial process; in this space I listen empathetically, I gently nudge and I serve as an emotional support. On a daily basis I get to witness this transformation. In order to do this we first have to realize the past (face it, label the feelings associated with it, and honor the self that is stepping out from it). Many people who arrive at my door have lost hope, they are stuck in the trench of a past self, angry with regretful choices, and feeling shamed from experiences and consequential circumstances; they cannot fathom honoring the past self with compassion and love. But the most critical step for recovery and healing is the ability to release past hardship by realizing the growth gifted within the suffering; this in itself enables appreciation for the present self. How do we do this? We make sense as to how individual history (your story/upbringing) has impacted you and how to sort through this impact to enable self-forgiveness and a love for self. Self-compassion empowers a change in thinking, which gifts a transformative perception of the world. I once read when we forgive ourselves it’s for-giving the pain away that exists within and blocks our heart. Many times my clients ask me, “Can you heal me? And, my answer is always the same, “You can heal you; you will be doing all of the work. But, I will be here helping and supporting you each and every step of the way!” If you are feeling stuck, start with self-forgiveness it is the key that unlocks a healthier you.
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