Counselling Services   |   Abbotsford, Britsh Columbia
My continual pursuit of knowledge and skill in the practice of counselling psychology is sustained by the desire to both accommodate and facilitate human flourishing-to assist people in 'becoming themselves';1 becoming 'fully human' through the continual discovery of their vocation. As a counsellor I consider it a sacred privilege to participate with people in this process, striving to honour them as the experts regarding their personal experience. I therefore view the process between us as a collaborative venture.

The obstacles to human flourishing are both numerous and daunting in our time and culture. Theologian, Richard Foster, once remarked, "Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today, is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people."2. We all long in our bones, both to become and to be engaged with, people of depth. We have no choice but to admire such depth when we encounter it, frankly displayed in the rich lives of those who possess it with seaming effortlessness-unstrained. At its core, the work I perform with my clients has this pursuit of depth and character as the orienting principle around which the various approaches we utilize operate-this becomes our fulcrum.

It has been my experience that vocatio -the call or summons (Latin)-issued us by God and the world's great need, is innate; it is part of our design. I look forward to joining any in this exciting pursuit; of "The place God calls you to… the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet"3.

1. Soren Kierkegaard, The Prayers of Kierkegaard, ed. Perry LeFervre. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1956
2. Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, 25th Anniversary Edition, San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1998, 1, italics added
3. Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Seeker's ABC, San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1993, 119

Peter White, MA, RCC | Counselling Services | Abbotsford, British Columbia | 778.551.2896
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