05 Sep

When pondering what to call my new counseling practice, several names came to mind. Hopeful Hearts seemed almost too trite, and yet, the name kept coming back to me. Being the analytical soul that I am, I continued to ponder the importance of the name that I chose. Hopeful Hearts Counseling Services is based mainly on the words of Jesus from John 16:33. Here Jesus explains in simple terms how this harsh world can bring much pain and sorrow. Christ through His death and resurrection overcame the cruelty of the world, and He offers peace to our hearts... peace that surpasses understanding. 

Finding hope and healing often requires a "journey." When it comes to emotional and/or psychological brokenness and trauma, there are no quick fixes. We must take the time to walk through sorrows and even visit confusion and pain. As we contemplate our circumstances, perhaps we can determine the root of our pain, even gaining understanding as we examine our behaviors and eventually learn new ones. Hope is the foundation for this journey. It puts our feet on the path and helps us to continue moving forward, one step at a time.

People seek counseling for different reasons. In most cases, the healing process requires determination, willingness, vulnerability, openness and even creativity. A ray of hope in the heart might begin as a small spark, but it can grow into a flame that will shine light on the road to recovery.

Despair is the opposite of hope. It is often the way people feel when they have been completely drained of hope. Sometimes we need help to see that dim light at the end of the tunnel. During the therapeutic process, there exists an array of emotions and feelings. A glimmer of hope can make anger and sadness lead to realizations, enlightenment and eventually a more positive mindset.

If you are feeling like there is no hope, please know that there is someone here for you, not to wave a magic wand and make you instantly happy; but to walk with you and find answers that will bring hope to your heart, mind and soul.
Hope strengthens. Hope Renews. Hope Heals. 

Remember what Jesus' promised us:

          “In me you may have peace.

                       In the world
you will have many trials and sorrows.                                                             

                    But take heart;  

        I have overcome the world.”
                    (John 16:33)

Here's to filling Hearts with Hope!

Laurie Ann Palmer