If you are in pain, and have been hurting emotionally, psychologically, relationally, and/or spiritually for a while, please do not give up hope. Please know that healing is possible. Yes, healing. Not just managing your symptoms. And not just surviving. But being able to engage life more fully!
To me, therapy is not just about addressing life’s challenges. Therapy is about attending to psychological wounds, rebuilding relationship with oneself, strengthening one’s sense of self, and restoring one’s wholeness. It is about bearing witness to one’s own life honestly and compassionately, facing the pain of brokenness, dismantling shame, and courageously learning to love oneself and others more deeply.
Calling to make an appointment and speaking to a stranger can be a stressful or scary step to take. Please be assured that you will be treated with utmost respect and thoughtful consideration.
The following poems by Rumi and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin illustrate how I see the healing process. I look forward to sharing this journey with you, as I have been blessed to share with many others.
~ Dr. Hsin-hsin Huang ~
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~ Rumi ~
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you,
your ideas mature gradually
let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give God the benefit of believing that
God’s hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ ~
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
“Until you make the unconscious conscious,
it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
~ C. G. Jung ~