What is Praxis?
The most common definition of “praxis” is “to do.” Traditionally, praxis has been perceived as half of a dichotomy between theory (speculation) and practice (action). However, in more contemporary sociological thought, theory and praxis work cooperatively, feeding and informing one another - just as our minds and bodies work together, supplying one another with information.
Why “Praxis Thriving”?
In my own life, changes are realized from either direction. Some positive changes have evolved from changing my thoughts and beliefs, gaining a deeper understanding of where those beliefs originated, and how the newer and more authentic beliefs manifest through my actions. Other positive changes have occurred from trying out different behaviors that then lead to changes in my beliefs. In other words, changes in thinking and/or changes in action (theory and practice working together) lead to changes in the ways in which we live.
Why I Chose Counseling
My own life experiences led me into the field of counseling. I believe wholeheartedly in the strength and resilience of the human spirit. I believe that we all deserve love, kindness, and respect in our relationships – with our parents, with our partners, and with our friends.
Respect is not something that we’ve all experienced enough of, though. Many of us have had relationships in which we didn’t feel nurtured, appreciated, understood, or heard. These less than ideal relationships can leave us feeling broken and confused. Relationships with people who chronically invalidate us, manipulate or control us, or try to make us believe that we can’t trust ourselves or our realities impact us deeply. The aftermath can include depression, anxiety, dissociative experiences, uncertainty, fear, hyper-vigilance, symptoms of post-traumatic stress, and/or a sense of hopelessness.
How I Can Help
I have experienced these hurtful types of relationships in my own life. My recovery taught me quite a bit, and my education and training helped, too. I know first-hand the importance of a non-judgmental, nurturing, validating therapeutic relationship. In developing trust through a respectful counseling relationship, you will start to (re-)learn what a healthy and validating relationship looks like, how to recognize unhealthy relationships, and how to reclaim your own sense of identity, reality, and confidence. EMDR can also help to reduce feelings of distress, heal trauma stored in the body, and instill a renewed sense of confidence.
Contact me to learn more, or to set up your free, in-person, 30-minute consultation.