Vulnerability is difficult for most of us. It takes both courage and strength for some to simply reach out for an appointment. We at Expanding Hope Counseling Services, LLC recognize the courage it took for you to reach out and we welcome you to our safe and confidential place to sort through life’s challenges and find your truth. We begin by identifying and building your strengths for the journey ahead. We consider it a privilege to be companions on the journey with you. Sometimes that means asking the hard questions to help you identify your roadblocks and navigate your way back to your authentic self and other times it is celebrating your successes. Either way all of us here at Expanding Hope Counseling Services find it a privilege and honor to walk with you through the many difficult challenges you are experiencing and watch you grow! Strength hope and truth are found when we are willing to open ourselves up to our own vulnerability.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore
Isn’t it amazing that we have everything we need to find hope and experience truth? Sometimes it is hard for us to grasp that reality, and find our hope when it feels like parts of our authentic self are deeply embedded underneath layers of negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs we perceive about ourselves as we grow through life. We often identify ourselves with these perceptions of ourselves and forget we are human beings who struggle with certain challenges experienced in life. Growing through painful experiences can be difficult. Our team at Expanding Hope Counseling Services stands ready to help navigate through the difficult times and offer you hope until you can find your hope buried beneath the layers of pain and waiting to be found.
“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” – Tom Bodett
"There are more ways to go through this life than to be dragged through it kicking and screaming."
- Hugh Prather
As we approach the end of our journey we begin to realize we really do have everything we need and we are able to embrace hope and experience the truth of who we are. Our team at Expanding Hope Counseling Services want to celebrate with you and encourage you to live your truth. Our lives no longer revolve around people pleasing, social comparison or striving to be someone we are not. Once we have worked through the negative thoughts/feelings/beliefs of our past experiences we are able to experience our truth in a new way. We are on a journey that never ends but now we have gained some tools to navigate life differently allowing us to live in our own authentic truth of who we are.
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have.” —Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and producer
“When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self acceptance opened.”
― Shannon L. Alder