Heather DeJong, SI
“Mourning and dancing, grief and laughter, sadness and gladness – they belong together. … Let’s trust that the beauty of our lives becomes visible where mourning and dancing touch each other.”
– Henri Nouwen
Welcome, brave one. I’m so glad you’re here.
As humans, we can’t avoid pain. But I do hope that through counseling, I can help you avoid continual suffering. I am committed to creating an environment of hope and safety so that you can find healing for your past, freedom in your present, and joy for your future.
I would be honored to journey with you. Keep reading to learn a little more about what you can expect from counseling with me.
What I can offer:
Hope – When you’re in the weeds of your own pain, it’s easy to despair and hard to hope. Until you have the strength to hope yourself, I am committed to holding hope on your behalf.
Understanding – If you’re considering counseling, it’s likely that you’re feeling like no one understands you. I imagine you might not even understand what you are thinking and feeling all of the time either! I strive to build an environment of safety, trust, and empathy so that my clients and I can explore their thoughts, feelings, and needs. Through these discussions, I will help you feel understood, grow in your own understanding of your struggle, identify themes and patterns of behavior, and develop greater emotional awareness.
Whole-Person Perspective – I believe that true and lasting healing requires a whole-person perspective, taking into consideration a client’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. I have found that counseling is a highly effective approach to addressing all parts of someone’s wellbeing. So often healing happens when clients begin the difficult but rewarding work of integrating the various parts of their life and coming to understand that each part of their health affects the other.
Strengths-Focused Approach – Rather than only focusing on the issues that are in need of repair, I find it so therapeutically beneficial to spend time talking to my clients about their values, strengths, and hopes for the future. Drawing attention to these aspects of a client’s life offers an opportunity to instill principles of empowerment and autonomy in a client’s story.
Collaboration – I wholeheartedly believe that people possess the ability to grow and change and counseling is an excellent place to work towards lasting growth. I see counseling as a collaborative effort where the client and I work together by systematically working towards goals as I provide helpful interventions and resources while offering encouragement, insight, education, empathy, and hope along the way.
Areas of focus:
Stress and Burnout
Stage of Life Issues
Premarital Counseling/Couples Work
I am currently in graduate school at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing a counseling degree with a focus on marriage and family therapy. I’m originally from the Midwest, but I moved to New Orleans in 2016 with my husband and we have fallen in love with everything about New Orleans (except for the humidity!). In my free time you can find me cooking for the people I love, trying out a new restaurant in the city, going for a run, or hanging out with my husband and two sweet kiddos.
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