What does it mean to me to be a therapist?
The Pinnacle Counseling logo is symbolic of my mission and vision as a professional counselor.
I use pinnacle as an action word meaning to lift or raise up. It is the action of my client and I working together to reach their goals.
I provide the “lift” through support, insight and guidance. They do the work of “rising up” through the necessary changes to reach their personal goals.
It is my mission to help every person I work with become their vision of their best self.
As a professional counselor I value:
- the healing power of the therapeutic relationship
- a safe, encouraging and empowering atmosphere
- respect for the individual
Why I chose to become a professional counselor.
I never planned to become a therapist. I never planned to own a counseling practice. It came as a small seed planted in the year 2001. At that time, I was working a professional career path I valued and pursued with determined passion. Life was settled. Life was comfortable. Until the day it began to implode. Everything I had counted as secure and certain dramatically shifted.
After dark and desperate months unsuccessfully navigating a new “normal” I chose to make an appointment to meet with a therapist. Coincidentally, it was the same day that a critical life choice had to be made. I’ve not forgotten the way this therapist leaned into my story with kindness and acceptance saying “I cannot tell you what to do, but I can promise to walk this journey with you.” Many well-meaning friends, family, books, church leaders and others had given advice on how to move forward. NO ONE had promised to walk it with me. I was no longer alone.
Sometimes, the events that threaten to crush us become a catalyst for a renovation or reinvention of ourselves. I believe “Jan 2.0” is a better version of myself that began during that pivotal first session. Over time, a new purpose, vision and passion evolved into doing the work to become a therapist so that I could help others in the way that I was helped.
Studies have shown that a major factor in the change that occurs through therapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship that develops between client and therapist. My goal with every client is to recognize and appreciate their individuality. To build an environment of trust where my clients can freely express their hurts, thoughts, and dreams without judgment. I seek to join them on their journey through the troubles that brought them to my door and celebrate as they rise up to reach their goals.
Whether you choose to work with me or another therapist I share my story here to encourage you to find a counselor you are comfortable with and let them walk with you on your journey. You don’t have to do it alone.