Sanctuary Counseling, LLC.
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What is therapy?

Warm Therapy Space – colorful and vibrant

In past blog entries, we’ve discussed how to find the right therapist as well as the top 5 questions to ask a potential therapist, but what exactly does “therapy” entail? Depending on the therapist you ultimately decide to work with, it could mean many different things. Therapists (or counselors, the term will be used interchangeably here) have various ways of working with clients and everyone has his or her own style. Some counselors are passive and will listen to your experiences without a lot of interjection. Others will engage you as you share your story and ask questions to help you explore your current circumstances. Still others may assign homework and give you specific tasks to work on outside of session meant to help you meet your individual goals.

At Sanctuary, we all share a passion for helping others but have distinct methods of working with our clients – and different areas of specialization. Depending on the client’s needs, we can tailor our practice to suit his or her goals and individual life circumstances. In the new home we have built for our Sanctuary community, we’re installing an art studio that will allow us to utilize art therapy with our clients. We also have a dedicated group room where we’re planning programs for LGBTQ, College Preparation, and Couples groups, among others. Many clients choose to utilize individual therapy as well as group programs to further support their individual needs. Read More…

Feed The Good Wolf

There’s an old story that makes the Facebook rounds now and then. There are a few versions of it, but the gist is the same each time.

Click here for the source of this version of the wolf story and its accompanying art.

Click here for the source of this version of the wolf story and its accompanying art.


One bright winter day, a young Cherokee boy was out for a walk with his grandfather. Pausing to rest against a snowy winter pine, the grandfather looked at his growing grandson.

“A fight is going on inside me,” the wise old man said. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil, unhappy, and ugly. He is anger and greed. He spreads lies and deceit and pain.”

The grandfather paused. Gazing misty-eyed into the sea of trees, he continued.

“The other wolf is beautiful and good. He is friendly, joyful, loving, worthy, humble, and kind. He spreads inspiration wholeheartedly and has a deep vision beyond ordinary wisdom. But they are in constant battle with each other.”

Glancing back to the young boy he finished, “The same battle is going on inside you, my son, and inside all human beings.”

The boy thought about this. After a moment, he looked back at his grandfather and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf is going to win?”

The Grandfather smiled and grabbed the boy’s hand, leading him past the snowy pines.

“Whichever one you feed.” Read More…

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