This may come as a shock, but most therapists get into mental health to understand their own issues long before they begin to think about anyone else’s problems. Maybe their family was completely dysfunctional, maybe they didn’t fit in for one reason or another, or maybe they just watched too many re-runs of Frasier. For me, all three are true.
I’ve been going slowly but steadily blind since I was ten years old. That screws a kid up (I was advised to use “screws” here in place of the word I might normally use).
I know what it’s like to feel broken, to feel isolated and alone. I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed with stress and frustration, the paralyzing fear of anxiety and the deep sadness of depression. I know what it’s like to grieve for someone or something, to feel confused about who we are, our identity, our goals.
Seeing a counselor doesn’t mean you’re crazy, it means you’re human, and once in a while, we all need an objective voice in our lives. Someone to point out the things we can’t see for ourselves, because we’re simply too close to the issue, or because we’ve spent too much time looking at a problem from one point of view.
My own goal in life is to get a little better every day. I hope the same for my clients, that our moments together can provide them with the tools to manage and improve their lives a little every day.
Mental health is not all that different from carpentry or plumbing. There are tools we can use to get a job done. I want to help clients come to an understanding about who they are and how to implement specific strategies to change their thinking and their circumstances for the better.
It’s not easy. There may be some tears, some frustrating moments. You may not reach your goal as quickly as you would like. But this journey of self discovery is worth the effort. It was for me and it will be for you too.
And just so you know that I’m qualified, here are my credentials. I have a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling, along with some hours of doctoral study and many hours of continuing education. I am licensed through the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors as well as the National Board of Certified Counselors. I previously worked as a counselor for the United States Army, and at a local community mental health center. I have a wealth of personal experience that influences my practice, and I would love an opportunity to share the counseling experience with you. Check out the links below for my services and how to schedule an appointment.