My counseling philosophy is that I am a passenger in your self-exploration journey. I can serve as the navigator providing input if requested, road maps if asked and clinical insight if invited. As with many things with life, you get out of it what you put into it and so it is with counseling. You may have to face a fear and take a risk by reaching out by asking for help in order to move forward. William Arthur Ward best summed it up in his poem “Risk”
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
And the realist adjusts the sails.
Let’s go adjust some sails!