I believe that the phases of life have special meaning and constitute an evolving life story. As we enter into greater consciousness, we become the authors of these chapters, although we may not be aware of it. My work with clients is to help bring that awareness, and to help nurture a vision of wholeness, compassion and integrity, exploring the past as necessary in order to make sense of the narrative. This means becoming more conscious of our actions, thoughts and emotions, and developing skills and practices for a greater quality of life. We may not be able to control our emotions, nor can we control what happens in life, but when we can practice greater mindfulness, we can develop healthier ways to let the wisdom of our emotions guide us in healthier ways. Author H. Jackson Brown said, "When you can't change the direction of the wind, adjust the sails." My work with clients is to develop ways to do this.
I offer a safe refuge where individuals are encouraged to identify and connect with their inner self of themselves, those whom they care for, and their environment. My work incorporates emotional mindfulness and cognitive/behavioral techniques, balanced with holistic aspects that include mindfulness practices and explorations of spirituality and beliefs about life and purpose. I work out of my home as part of my commitment to keep fees affordable and my life-long passion to equality that includes equal access to mental health support.
My professional experience has included working with youth and families, sexual identity/orientation, and chronic/terminal illness, especially HIV/AIDS. In all of this work, I emphasize the importance of creating options so that a person can be more emowered in living a healthier life.
I hold a Masters degree in Counseling. My background includes serving on staff at youth service programs, being a clinician and clinical coordinator for a holistic clinic serving people with HIV/AIDS, and developing and running programs for youth and adults that address social injustices while exploring one's own role in the world. In all of this work, I have learned the importance of recognizing that we all matter in this world, and when we can recognize this, and bring even the smallest amount of joy to what we are doing, transformative experiences can take place. Being active, being silent, listening, observing, and feeling are all part of the practices that I bring to my work with clients as well.
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Brad Ogilvie Counseling
102 N. Cross St., Unit 4A
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 301 2575348
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District of Columbia DOH LMFT000062
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