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Small Circles

“Never doubt that a small group of people of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Meed

Everyone that attended are not present in the photo

Everyone that attended are not present in the photo



On June 17, 2017, I embarked on the beginning to making the vision for CJL Counseling Services, to come true. Excitement and nervousness were the feelings I had before the event. Excitement in knowing that I was in the first stages of building connections. Building new personal and professional relationships with people outside my comfort zone.  Speaking in front of people has not been my strong suit. This is where the nervousness comes into play.

No matter who you are, or what you do in life. Everyone has “stinking thinking”.  Thinking you will fail. The fear of proving you are not worthy of your goals. It is this very fear that prevents many of us from going outside our comfort area. You know what I am talking about. Dreaming you are standing in front of your peers in your underwear while babbling like an idiot.  Yep. That was the dream. Creating an event to bring people together for the sake of the community. In hopes of finding ways to strengthen the connection between practices.

However, I had to re-learn a very important lesson. It is not about the size of the circle, but the compassion of those within the circle. Within the photo you see above are a therapist with sophisticated and professional skills including, warmth, acceptance, responsiveness and a capability to recognize how a person feels. Despite wanting a substantial number to turn out, I was gifted to meet some very interesting people with a diverse background. At the end of the, night one factor was true. We all had a true compassion for helping others in our community.  I also have to give credit to Natalie Graves. Natalie is a Mental Health therapist for athletes ( She was amazing and encouraging throughout the event. As for my partner, Annette Bailey, she has been with the practice since the very beginning. A true friend and wonderful counselor. 

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