As a student and provider of mental health counseling I am constantly learning more about myself and the world around me. One of the things I know without a doubt is the vast difference in symptoms of how humans respond to trauma. As a mental health provider it is my job to remove my personal values, beliefs, bias and opinions when counseling a client, unless of course there is harm being done in some way. It is not a counselors job to give advice but instead to help guide a client to find the path that works best for them. What I would choose for myself may not always be best for the client. I understand with cultural and environmental differences, differing religious beliefs, morals and values in the world that not everyone may see the world the way I do. Instead I choose to love and accept each individual that walks through my door and as I take their intake and do my assessments I want to learn their story and understand. This human desire in my heart is why I chose the helping profession.
I am a big believer in the power of positive thinking and the power of the mind-body connection. I counsel my clients through many methods that may seem a bit outside the box for some. I love yoga, meditation, mindful breathing exercises, assessing a persons diet and physical state through practices like Ayurveda combined with my knowledge of biofeedback and neuroscience. My years of practicing yoga, doing massage therapy, and working in Chiropractic give me a unique perspective as I have continued my education in counseling and therapy. I combine it all with the understanding that there never is just one answer and at the end of the day we all have our own healing process. We all respond to trauma and everyday life differently and that can be both scary and beautiful. I am learning and growing everyday in my practice but I see how my very beginning efforts are already helping others.
In this big, crazy, yet beautiful world the healing response to trauma has always been there. We all have our own way of processing the world around us. The things we are seeing in the news now is a cycle we have seen for years. My parents are in their late seventies and speak of a time not so very different from now and yet very different. The truth is, the world and human species at its very core will always have negatives and positives, and as morbid as it may sound, we need both in order to fully appreciate life and grow. When trauma occurs in my world I have a tendency to withdraw and reflect, but others may act out in a bigger way, and neither way is wrong or right. Grief and trauma are two of the hardest, most heartbreaking, and emotionally draining experiences in life. Sometimes it can sneak up on us with things that we may not even realize are affecting us on a deeper level. Be easy on yourself and others when navigating this process. I highly recommend counseling for everyone but find one that is the best fit for you…its an important relationship between client and counselor that cannot be forced.
With love, health, and happiness