Therapist, memoir coach, teacher, author
I am a therapist, meaning I help people cope and grow through problems in the present. I am also a memoir coach, meaning I guide people to gather memories and turn them into a compelling story. While these two services might seem worlds apart, I have found that my training and experience in each one supports my ability to perform the other.
People come to therapy attempting to clarify emotionally uncomfortable states of mind. My therapy training enables me to support you in resolving your discomfort. I offer strategies that can help you balance and regulate your emotions in the present.
One of my goals as a therapist is to look for the roots of your current feelings, as they arose from your past experience. Your origins in your family may provide important insights to help you find a better way to relate to your current emotional patterns. In therapy we ask things like, What does your current problem remind you of? What were the origins of these patterns? How can you process and soothe the pains of the past in order to feel better today and tomorrow?
In helping you “connect the dots” about how you’ve become the person you are today, therapy can lift you to a more vigorous, confident, healthy version of yourself.
Note: I am licensed and only practice therapy in the state of Pennsylvania, USA.
When you first try to remember your past, fragmented snippets of events randomly pop into mind and then drift back into storage.
If you choose to get them on paper, and then reshape them into the compelling framework of a story, it can be an enjoyable pastime. And in the process of crafting your own story, you will learn to see yourself in a new way.
Once you’ve embraced this goal, it turns out to be a perfect partnership to therapy, as you gain a deeper understanding of who you are and how you became you.
As a memoir writing teacher and coach, I can help you achieve your goals – I have been facilitating memoir groups, teaching memoir classes, and coaching individual memoir writers for about fifteen years.
I have been writing books about becoming a writer since 2007. Click here to learn more about my books.
As my life’s work, I am committed to helping people: find their own authentic stories; convert them from mind to memoir; and foster a deeper, richer shared experience, living in harmony in the world.
Jerry Waxler, M.S. LPC