“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy - the experiences that make us most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
– Dr. Brene Brown
Timothy Peterson, MA, LMHCA
Who is Tim?
I see myself as a guide who has been
there, done that.
I’ve felt like a failure, and I’ve let go of many of the things others associate with “success,” and I have the scars to show it.
In therapy, I can guide you, direct you, make you laugh, or slap you upside the head with opinion — and most importantly, listen to your story as you tell it as precisely or messily as you need to. I provide a supportive and loving presence and embrace and fully accept the person you really are.
The story’s not over yet. You have the opportunity to choose how to write the next chapter, and the one after that, and the one after that.
With hope, humor and compassion, I take a systems approach to life. The systems you were raised in and grew up in shape and can determine your life, and we will explore how they’ve influenced you. Reframing your experience will give you a vision of why and how you can do something different.
I gently ask you questions to uncover the truth, and allow you the time and space to do so. Sometimes I will be more or less directive, but always gentle and always in support of your best self, no matter what side of you comes forward.
The Fertile Void
We come from all walks of life, all runs of life, even all strolls of life. The path you’ve been on doesn’t disappear once you get to the portal, and everywhere you’ve been comes in the door with you. See what happens when you embrace that and what fuels you while accepting and defining what does not.
Grief, depression and anxiety can be debilitating.
These feelings may make you feel alone,
and each person’s experience of them is unique.
The feelings that isolate are a common thread
we share. This doesn’t belittle your experience but unites us in a whole.
Embracing what we have in common, we still allow ourselves an individual experience, and as we share that, the common becomes more intricate as the mandala becomes more colorful.
I invite you to discover and allow your most true self to dance. From there you create the vision or dream that right now you can only glimpse a portion of. Dream, wonder and then realize your deepest desire. Do not let fear or the past step in your way of discovery and becoming the dream you see.
When your imagination meets your need, the possibilities are endless.
This is where you realize you may feel lost,
but you’re on a path. You are “more than.” This is when the rubber meets the road. You show up in
a way different from before because the need in you is so strong that if you keep going the way you’ve been going, you may die.
When you can ultimately welcome all aspects of yourself and honor them appropriately, you will see through to the self you know you can be.