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By Maddie Lukens, MA 

Have you had the chance to sit and think about who you are today?  Take a moment to reflect and think about the things that have happened in your life.  Your career, family, lifestyle, significant other, etc., are all results of your experiences and choices.  Because our lives are busy and demanding, it isn’t often that there is an opportunity to ask yourself how you got here.  Reflecting on your experiences helps bring things into perspective and when you gain perspective you will find more acceptance, understanding, and grace for yourself. 

Your Story

Everyone has a story. Your story is unique and composed of the experiences that make you who you are today. All of it is included – the good, the bad, the ugly, the pain, the beautiful and the hurtful parts. Some parts of our story are easy to share with others, those pieces full of joy, excitement and warmth – memories of graduations, marriages or new babies. Other parts of our story carry more weight and sadness, hurt and pain; these pieces of our stories are more difficult to share with others – like the death of a loved one, abuse and trauma.  

Both the joyful and the painful parts of our stories shape how we view ourselves, our world and those around us.  We may not even realize their influences in our life until we intentionally take time to pause and reflect, or are forced to pause.  One of the best decisions you can make is going to counseling. It is an investment in yourself.  

Benefits of Telling Your Story

Some people come to counseling in search of how to process and understand their experiences.  Others come for support in learning how to better navigate their stressful life. If you’re considering counseling as a way to start telling your story, here are a few reasons to go for it:

  1. Counseling helps piece together the difficult parts of your story for clarity. 
  2. Practicing telling your story in a safe environment leaves you feeling empowered; as you feel comfortable, you can begin sharing with those you choose.
  3. In counseling, you’ll work through the hard parts of your story that haven’t been reconciled.
  4. A Counselor’s deepest desire is to help lead you to healing and freedom from hurt, shame, fear and pain.    

You Aren’t Alone

Whatever it is you’ve experienced, please know you aren’t alone. The voice in your head that says: “why are you still thinking about it? You should be over it” or “it’s not that big a deal,” is the very same voice that is preventing you from finding healing.  That’s where Lime Tree Counseling wants to partner with you. Our counselors are skilled at coming alongside individuals, couples and families who are struggling; helping them navigate the complexities of their stories.

You are worth investing in and caring for. Your future self will thank you for it.  Don’t hesitate to reach out today!