Guest Profile: Tina Gilbertson
Tina Gilbertson, LPC is the author of "Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them"
In Tina's own words:
Years ago as a young adult, I found myself feeling terribly unfulfilled with what should have been an exciting life in New York City and a career in television. I decided to seek counseling to find out what the heck was wrong with me.
My experience in therapy changed the course of my life.
Therapy gave me a new appreciation for the whole of a person, including the "messy" parts. I learned that these uncertain, wounded parts of us are infused with untapped energy that can be used to propel us in exactly the direction we want to go.
(I've recently written a book about this, called Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them.)
I underwent a personal renaissance as my self-awareness deepened. At first I found tears, vulnerability and anger that I didn't know I had in me.
It was hard at times, tolerating all these "negative" feelings. But somehow through the pain, a door was opened. I became more whole inside, more energized, and more effective in every area of my life.
I had always been driven by a restless quest to find my life's work, and for the first time in therapy, I felt like I'd come home. It was clear to me that all the years of searching were over, and that amazingly, those years with their random accumulation of skills and experience would serve me well as the foundation for my own work as a counselor.
These exciting discoveries and the culmination of my own long search for The Right Work left me with a special interest in helping others discover the work they were born to do.
If you want what you do to be an expression of who you are, I support your dream. I know for certain that it can be a reality.
In addition to working with a diverse range of people in individual therapy on a variety of concerns, I offer non-traditional career counseling. It's one part coaching, and nine parts insight therapy. See the section on Career Counseling for more about my approach.
It's a rare privilege to be invited to walk alongside another person on his or her personal path to healing, growth and achievement. I feel incredibly lucky to be doing this work!
I hold a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College here in Portland, and am recognized by the State of Oregon as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
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