Sharon Beam, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
I think something about a tough childhood either closes a kid’s heart to the world or opens it up in search of love and purpose. I fell into the latter group. I’ve always liked to help other people. I knew that early on and knew I had to find some way to do it as my life’s work.
Teaching Is Giving Back
I was a teacher once. I loved working with the under-privileged kids that had nothing; no love at home, very little food, no attention and barely enough clothes to wear to school. There was just something about the willingness to be loved in their eyes and my need to help someone that clicked.
One year I had a troubled little girl in my class and it was obvious her home-life must have been a living hell. She would sit in class and cry all day and so I would hold her, all day. At the time there was nothing else I could do for her. I think about her quite often now, how different her life might be if I had been able to do more for her but holding her while she cried had to be enough. I hope she’s happy somewhere today.
Bad Choices and New Directions
Life and a few bad choices later I found myself as the one needing help. I found it in a pastor friend who taught me that my life’s experiences qualified me to become a, “wounded healer”, maybe even over-qualified. He put me on the path to my calling and here I am.
Life’s not quite done with me yet, I’m sure, but I have surrounded myself with the right people; people who genuinely care, people who know the answers to things I do not, and people who will be there for me no matter what dark secrets I have to tell. Those people are key to a successful, happy life and I would like to help you put that together.
It’s All About How You Think About What’s Happened To You
If the glass is half empty, you’re a victim; half-full, you’re a survivor. I’m a survivor because I choose to be one, to thrive and help others. I don’t know what else I can tell you to convince you that I might be able to help you. I think I can, but we won’t know until we spend some time together.
We’re all searching for something. Let me help you find what you’re looking for.