I come from a place of believing that each of us has an opportunity to grow, learn, flourish and transform at any age and achieve wellness and wholeness from any circumstance. I believe in meeting a person, couple or group exactly where they are at, listening to their needs and developing individual plans collaboratively. I come from many different life experiences that help me be empathic, compassionate, knowledgeable and authentic. I believe the human relationship is the most important therapeutic experience and by being attentive, responsive and aware, I can create a safe environment and safe relationships that advance the process of healing and help a person become who they always desired to be.
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On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
I totally get it! I, too, avoided therapy for years. I had all sorts of reasons why but all that changed when I met an EMDR therapist in my late 30s. After my 5th and final suicide attempt, I finally decided to listen to all my colleagues and friends who had told me for years to stick with a therapist for at least one year. And, I found her...the most amazing therapist ever and stuck with her for 2 years. I have been depression free for 7 plus years now. You may wonder, how is this small story supposed to help you get off the fence...well, I suffered with depression for over 30 years...I knew all the right things to do, to say, etc. In spite of being married, a mom of two, successfully employed and even providing good therapy to others, I was still depressed! Why? Because I never chose to do anything about it. I kept thinking it would go away or I could beat it or even that I could pray myself to wellness...IT DID NOT HAPPEN. So ask yourself, why are you on the fence? Fear? You think it is weak to get help? Too expensive? We are human and we are designed to need each other. So, if you are struggling, have issues you want to explore, need to heal, then reach out! Mind you...you have the right to find the therapist that works for you! If you try one and it does not feel right, KEEP LOOKING. I believe so strongly in finding the right fit that I, as a therapist, would help you find one if we were not a good fit! That is how important it is. Time to get off the fence!
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I have been through many, many experiences including depression and suicide for 30 years, I am adopted & reunited with my birth mother, my adoptive parents divorced, I married a man from another culture, and most recently, I lost my husband to cancer. I strongly believe that my own experiences have shaped and helped me become a very honest, caring and compassionate therapist. I draw from my experiences but I do not practice as if my experience is the only way. I think it is very important to have the ability to know the difference. When I speak, I come from a place of knowing, not just my education. Each new place I worked, each training and each new life experience brings new energy, awareness and knowledge that I use immediately in my practice. I have also been in "your shoes"...I, too, have received therapy off and on for years. Thus, giving me a good sense of what makes a good, better and best therapist.