A note about Our public health crisis:
It is true. At this moment, COVID-19 looms larger than anything we have experienced in our lifetime. Back in the early weeks and months after the 911 attacks in 2001, the sense of doom and gloom loomed as large from that vantage point too. Life was rapidly changing in front of our eyes and under our feet, then as it is now. When I, along with four other colleagues, rented a van and drove from Knoxville, TN to NYC to offer our crisis counseling services, we were stepping into an unknown then, just like we are all doing now. The nation felt under siege and no one knew how widespread this attack and its aftermaths would end up being. As is often the case, we know a lot more in retrospect. Just like then, we do not yet know the outer bounds of this current crisis. The personal or the collective cost. We are learning on the go. Which is calling on every ounce of adaptability and resilience we could muster.
What we do know, however, is that in addition to practical support and know how, we humans long for connection and emotional support. Especially at times such as this. So, let’s reach out. Ask for and offer support in safe and healthy ways. As a species, we have weathered many collective hardships. And those who have stayed connected through helping one another have weathered better. Those who have practiced overriding anxiety driven thoughts and behavior in favor of informed and measured responses have come out more whole and even stronger. As a human family, we will get through this one too. And we can do it with dignity and kindness if we choose our path wisely, one informed action at a time, one act of kindness at a time, one unsure step at a time, one day at a time.
For small creatures such as us, the vastness is bearable only through love - Carl Sagan
A little bit about me:
Shoray received her master's of science in counseling psychology, and her PhD in social psychology with an emphasis on interpersonal dynamics at home and in the workplace. She has accumulated over 30 years of knowledge and expertise in solution-focused counseling, coaching and consulting. Her approach is interactive, collaborative and solution-oriented. Her goal is to help clients develop healthier patterns of thinking, behaving, and relating. She believes this kind of counseling and coaching is the pathway for you if you are interested in thriving rather than just surviving life's challenges.
Shoray's practice in Greenville includes:
- Blended/Second Families
- Individual/Personal growth and development
- Family Systems
- Adjustment to life Transitions/crises
Clear understanding of one's strengths and deficits helps us transform negative, automatics and habitual patterns of thought and behavior into healthful ones. Coaching or counseling can provide us with new and constructive pathways out of repetitive, self-defeating patterns. Deeper self-examination provides us with new perspectives which in turn enable us to rise above and beyond life's challenges or obstacles -i.e. personal transition; relationships; second family dynamics. Helping clients tap into their own inner compass and hidden gifts is one of the many privileges of my profession. I deeply value walking people through seemingly impossible impasses toward a place of peaceful fulfillment, internally and externally.
Clients with busy life styles seem to benefit from this more fluid and more proactive problem-solving model which allows for more flexibility - e.g. phone or web "meetings".
For more information, questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact Shoray by phone at 864-293-9994 or better yet, by emailing ShorayKirk@gmail.com
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