All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
Instead of offering a dry discussion on our philosophy of counseling, we decided to offer this poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, which can be found in his famous novel, The Fellowship of the Ring. We’ve emboldened certain words to emphasize the powerful, juxtaposing language. Out of ashes comes a fire. Out of shadows comes light. Out of brokenness comes renewal. We offer this poem, because it more eloquently communicates our philosophy than anything we can conjure on our own. Namely, it tells us that our journey toward recovery is a difficult process, where through our hardship we find healing. In the midst of our hurt, we find hope. Also, this poem communicates, perhaps more discreetly, that in spite of our brokenness, people are ultimately worthy, immensely valuable. As of yet, you may not glitter, but I promise you that you are gold! I am reminded of another piece of poetic language that I can’t help but think Tolkien must have had in mind: “Beauty for ashes…” (Isaiah 61:3).
Our philosophy in a nutshell: 1. People are broken, but valuable. To use religious language, we have the stain of sin and the image of God. 2. People can heal from brokenness, but it is difficult, and the process involves getting through, not around, our pain. Lastly, it would stand to reason that, if our problems are largely social and emotional, then so is the solution. Thus, we believe that it is foolish to embark on that journey in isolation. 3. People must heal in relationship. We would be privileged to be one of those relationships.
Can be almost anyone! Some people seek counseling to address emotions that are distressing to them, such as anger, sadness, anxiety, or feeling unfulfilled or generally unhappy. Others do so in an effort to change troubling behaviors that are negatively affecting their lives. People also try counseling to help them learn new skills for managing elements of their lives, such as relationships or work. At times, people pursue counseling to give them the opportunity to explore their life goals, potential barriers, and ways to overcome those obstacles. Some people simply want a place to sort out conflicting thoughts and feelings or to wrestle with a difficult time in their lives.
Counseling can be beneficial to almost anyone at any phase of life. We will seek to pair you with a counselor that will best serve your goals, whether that is within our agency, or through a referral to another counseling practice.
Jennifer J. Cash, Ed.S., NCC, LPC
Founder and Counselor
Jennifer J. Cash, Ed.S., NCC, LPC- Jenni is a Licensed Professional Counselor registered with the state of Georgia (LPC005318) and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters in Professional Counseling and an Education Specialist degree with focus areas of child/adolescent psychology and trauma. The first portion of her career was spent working with adults in hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings outside of Atlanta. After obtaining full state licensure in 2008, Jenni relocated to the Northwest Georgia area to pursue opportunities to work with children and teenagers in residential and community settings. For the last eight years, Jenni has primarily worked with children and teenagers, as well as their families, who are in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and has transitioned from therapist to a more administrative role as clinical director. She is excited to venture back into the world of direct counseling through the foundation of Anchor Counseling Associates!
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