In The Lord of the Rings,* J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins told his nephew, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
Sometimes the world feels unsafe, and it is tempting to remain in the familiar security of one’s home, mind, or imagination, rather than risk the hazards of the Road. But we were meant for lives of purpose and authentic relationships, and without those, our daily activities may seem unfulfilling and lonely.
As your therapist, I will value the person you choose to show the world and the person that you might hide from others and, maybe, even yourself. I will help you to listen to your wiser and stronger parts and to reconnect with your deeper story. I eagerly await celebrating with you, how your hard-won insight and confidence have enriched your relationships.
If your story includes struggles with anxiety and depression, trusting others and connecting deeply, cultural identity or intercultural relationships, questions of meaning and spirituality, or challenges related to giftedness and creativity, I am especially equipped to accompany you. Let’s encounter each other on the Road. If you are wondering (as Frodo did) where you will find the courage you need, remember Gildor’s words, “Courage is found in unlikely places. Be of good hope!” I await your call.
Heather Inouye is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee under the supervision of Annie Miller, LMFT (MFC 52595). She has an Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and is now completing a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs with a minor in English and Comparative Literature Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
*Tolkien, J.R.R. (1994). The Fellowship of the Ring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.