Your Mindful Counselor - Suellen Fagin-Allen, LMHC, PA
2101 Park Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32835 - Telephone 407-523-1213
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About Suellen Fagin-Allen, LMHC - Your Mindful Counselor
Like you, I am a person solidly in mid-life who has wrestled with most of the same issues I'm inviting you to contemplate. I've had my struggles and triumphs, as we have all had. Sometimes my life has felt magical, at other times hellish, and at still other times merely humdrum. Early on, I decided that regardless of what happened, I would do my best to live an interesting life and to make it count for something. I have not been disappointed. I am far from an expert on anything except a lot that I learned in 24 years of formal education, 14 years of doing therapy and my own varied life experiences. The beauty of the therapeutic relationship is that you and I get to combine my education and experience with your expertise on being you to create a new lens through which to view your life's experience and new insights and tools with which to fashion a sense of purpose and new priorities to fit the person you are now and the person you wish to become.
I came to the counseling field relatively late in life after pursuing an eclectic career path that included work in the health insurance, music, law, business and non-profit management fields. Life events and some of my personal choices led me to a mid-life spiritual crisis, thankfully followed by gradual awakening and shift in some of my core values and priorities. This shift led ultimately to a different way of living and a desire to help others grow and change. I am grateful for every day that I am alive and feel privileged to help others recapture - or find for the first time! - a sense of purpose, passion and fulfillment that can manifest even in the darkest of circumstances. Every day I am in awe of what people can do with even a little encouragement and I find great joy in being able to provide that encouragement along with instilling hope, fostering creative problem solving, cultivating acceptance of what is and cannot be changed, catalyzing the courage to change what can be changed, and nurturing the ability to envision a future filled with possibility and promise rather than hopelessness and despair.
Among the significant influences on my own personal growth and thriving are a stable, supportive marriage of 30 years, three beloved cats, almost 19 years of continuous sobriety, faith in a Higher Power which I do not and am not required to understand, myriad opportunities for education and travel, musical ability, a keen and sometimes bizarre sense of humor, living successfully with a physical handicap from birth using a wheelchair for mobility, parents from whom I inherited a ruggedly independent disposition, a strong support system, and confidence in the resiliency of the human spirit, of which I see ample evidence through my work every day.
Does any or all of this qualify me to help you? It's a reasonable question! You may want more information about my education, training and professional experience. If so, just copy and paste this link in your browser window to access my CV: http://thepsychgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Suellen-New-CV.pdf. The next page on this site will tell you more about some of the issues I've helped clients successfully negotiate and what to expect from therapy. If, after reading, you believe I would be a good person to talk with about the thorny mid-life issues that currently have you in a quandary, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!