WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE COUNSELING

All parts of you deserve acknowledgement and respect. All parts of your life contribute to who you are, what you think, and how you feel. 

Integrative counseling helps when

  • events from the past are unresolved

  • you don't feel empowered

  • your internal guidance seems silent

 

Your past can be healed but not forgotten. Even the greatest difficulties can be made useful. Integrative counseling uses the past in such ways as identifying past beliefs, processing trauma, and analyzing the chain of actions and events that led to a certain decision or outcome. 

Your power is in the present moment. Integrative counseling ultimately focuses you on the point where past and future meet: now. To take inventory of your skills, areas of overdevelopment, and areas to be developed, is to begin finding the balance that grounds you. 

Your desired future is your guidance. Clearly you care about creating your life consciously, otherwise you wouldn't be here. Integrative counseling brings in any and all of the tools that are appropriate for your situation, to help you use all you've been and thought and felt, in order to achieve your goals. 

My integrative counseling approach considers the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, so you can begin to act with integrity to move yourself forward one step after another in the direction that is right for you. Read on for more. 

My Background in Service

My mother was a nurse and nursing educator, and my father a psychology professor and Army veteran. I've spent most of my professional life in service to others, adding my voice to that of those most in need of being heard. Among other places lesser known, I've worked for: 

  • the Boys and Girls Club

  • the YWCA

  • Lutheran Social Service

  • the State of Minnesota's Housing Finance Agency, supportive housing division

My work has included:

  • 10+ years in non-profit organizations

  • 5 years focus on LGBTQ+ community

  • 5 years working in/with homeless shelters, serving unhoused and formerly unhoused families and individuals 

  • working with people with serious persistent mental illness in their homes to increase their stability and community integration

  • coordinating volunteers and donations in programs assisting formerly unhoused families and individuals (paid and volunteer)

  • teaching and tutoring English as a second language (paid and volunteer)

  • assisting to raise and contributing to funds to send poor rural Cambodian youth to college (paid and volunteer)

And my time and work continues to be dedicated to service of the underserved, including people and our beloved animal companions. 

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