It has been said: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This photo bears the truth of that saying out. It was taken on the patio balcony of someone I cherish, trust and feel safe with. The person taking the picture had an angle on the daylight as it was beginning its slow transition into evening light. Excited, as well as intrigued, I adopted the angle she had, so I could capture the experience with her.
Some practitioners in mental health refer to this kind of intentional focus as being “mindfully aware.” Science affirms that “being mindfully aware” while attending to the richness of the here-and-now creates enhancements in our body and mental functioning, and it can improve our interpersonal relationships, as well.
Actually, I describe the experience of therapy much like what occurred on the balcony. It’s an invitation to develop your awareness, to intentionally look into your life with someone you trust and feel safe with. If there are desert places or parts of yourself that need an angle adjustment, a caring skilled therapist can help you gain insight.
Furthermore, I know from experience that the decision to invite someone you don’t know into your intimate spaces can be frightening. It can also be laiden with questions of painful self-doubt and can present the individual with the discomfort that comes with not knowing.
Honestly speaking, there are those who have described me as sounding philosophical or mystical and even a little “pollyannish.” I suppose all that is true to a certain degree. My first professional training was as a Pastoral Theologian. As a result, I was ordained in the Christian tradition as a United Methodist pastor. I continue in that tradition and my ordination. As a matter of fact, I identify as a Pastoral Psychotherapist. I am convinced we have a spiritual nature that is as important as all of the parts of being a whole human being. Additionally, I have more than 30 years of experience in ministry, pastoral counseling, teaching, and leadership development. In my training to become a clinical therapist, I found a connection to my philosophical/mystical side in Existential (meaning making) & Positive Psychologies. These perspectives offer methods that lead to wholistic outcomes. I use other methods as a client need presents itself, however, I ground myself in these particular orientations.
Moreover, I celebrate how these wholistic viewpoints, embrace all that makes us human; from the inner workings of the brain with its effects on the body, our thoughts and behaviors; to the inner workings of those more mysterious unknown parts; sometimes referred to as soul, spirit or mind. They also recognize the outer workings; how the impact of one’s innermost concept of self, family, socioeconomic status, race, multi-cultures, work-life balance, ecological and other environmental factors influence us.
Thus, I am convinced that as one dares to explore misunderstood areas of living, one can find light even in the darkest of places.
So, if you are having difficulty getting a healthy angle on who you are or where you are going; if you want to explore the intersection of your spirituality and your day in and day out practice of living; if you are looking for a caring, well-trained, experienced fellow traveler, I invite you to make an appointment to see me. I offer 15 minutes of free consultation. You can contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org You can also call & leave a message at 507 564-2910.