I have experienced firsthand the healing that comes with truly being heard by an attentive listener whose only agenda is to help me know and understand myself better. Now I am experiencing the deep satisfaction that comes from connecting with others in that way. I use this quote from Jack Kornfield as a guide: “Therapy is a kind of paired mindfulness in which another person is helping to direct your attention and encourage your capacities to be with your experience with greater wisdom, greater balance, greater understanding, and greater compassion.”
Making changes, even those that are bound to make our lives better, is hard work. Taking an honest look at how we have gotten where we are is possible in the presence of a therapist who is not judgmental or interested in imposing a particular set of standards on us, but who is on our side. It is my deep desire to create a safe place for people to find their balance, and to become more comfortable in their own skin. I have experience and enjoy working with adolescents, parents, couples and individual adults on a wide variety of issues.
Wendy Edwards is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern (IMF70140) under the supervision of Curtis Miller, PsyD, DMin, MFT #31636. Wendy received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Scripps College. She served as Executive Director of Hospice of Pasadena and as Development Director at Young & Healthy before returning to Fuller Graduate School of Psychology for a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Wendy also completed a three-year program at Stillpoint Center for Christianity and has worked as a spiritual director for ten years.
After years of professional “doing,” Wendy is enjoying a different path that involves more of simply “being” with others – accompanying them on their journeys of personal growth, watching them break free from the ongoing harm of a difficult past, discovering greater purpose in their work lives, forming healthy new relationships, and sometimes repairing, sometimes letting go, of dysfunctional ones.