My Approach to Helping
One of my favorite quotes of all time is: "Friendship begins when one says to another, you too?! So do I?". I feel this quote meant more to me when I had an older, wiser counselor who had his own struggles assist me to find words for my own struggles. I found that my struggles had shut me down, ( I couldn't even find the words to say to my Maker), which was even more isolating and shaming.
More often than not, some of your life experiences may have left you feeling isolated and alone whether through depression, anxiety, trauma et. al. . I find value in getting to know the individual and where they are coming from, what was their family life like, what are there core beliefs and what is the narrative they have for themselves? Did they write it? Did their family write it? Then assisting the client find their voice as they make sense of their life as it as happened so far and and using that as a catalyst to move through pain vs. a quagmire of stuckness. It's not always easy but absolutely worth it. I find different modalites of therapy work in addition to talk therapy such as experiential or drama therapy. I have never owned something as much as saying it out loud to myself. I really enjoy helping come to their own answer themselves.
More Info About My Practice
I have been in private practice for a little over a year. I have been counseling for almost 8 years working with women who have survived abusive and exploitive relationships. I have also worked with individuals (male and female) working through grief and loss, couples, premarital couples and marital couples as well. I enjoy working with teenagers and young adults as they attempt to sort out the many unknowns of life. I have a small office in Hoover, AL. I see women, men, teens, families and couples. I like to engage my clients in more than traditional "talk therapy". I am interested in trauma and how it affects us and our relationships and how to overcome core beliefs built on traumatic interactions.
I chose the name Honeyrock Counseling based on Deuteronomy 32 and God's provision and allegory of providence by pointing to our future grace which is our Savior amidst the struggles and isolation of the wilderness which is the allegory for real life. (ie the thorns and thistles of our labor, our relationships et. al) . God provides sweetness in our wanderings and gives us the healing nature of honey which is protective and medicinal in nature but really my goal is that you would be able to find healing and reconciliation with your story and with the Writer of your Story.